Lyn Mikel Brown

Professor of Education

Office: Miller Library 037 [ campus map ]
Box 4422

Phone: 207-859-4422
Fax: 207-859-4425
Mailing Address:
4422 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8844
Brown, Lyn Mikel


B.A. 1979 Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS--Psychology
Ed.D. 1989 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA--Human Development and Psychology

Areas of Expertise

  • Girls social and psychological development
  • Youth activism and civic engagement
  • Student voice and empowerment

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
ED 335Girlhood Activism and Popular Culture
ED 498Participatory Action Research With Youth
ED 334New Civics and Youth Fueled Activism

Professional Information

Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D. is a Professor of Education at Colby College. She is co-founder of three intergenerational girl-fueled social change organizations: a community nonprofit, Hardy Girls Healthy Women, a feminist blog, Powered By Girl, and SPARK Movement, an online girl-driven organization working to ignite an anti-racist gender justice movement.

Dr. Brown's scholarship focuses on understanding the conditions that enable youth voice and dissent in the face of oppression. She is the author of seven curriculums and educational toolkits and six books, including her most recent, Powered By Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists.

She earned her Ed.D. at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She was a founding member of the Harvard Project on Women's Psychology and Girl's Development, a member of The American Psychological Association's Presidential Task Force on Adolescent Girls, and consultant to the Ms. Foundation for Women's National Girls' Initiative. She has written opinion pieces for a number of publications, including Bitch Magazine, Education Week, Rethinking Schools, CNN Opinion, The Boston Globe, TIME Motto, and Ms. Magazine.

For more information on Dr. Brown's current research, visit Maine Rural Vitality Lab . See her personal site for more information about her publications, teaching, and activism

Dr. Brown lives in Waterville, Maine with her partner Dr. Mark Tappan, and their two dogs and two cats.

Current Research

Dr. Brown is currently working with Colby and University of Maine researchers and public school practitioners on Transforming Rural Experience in Education/TREE), a project of the Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott, Maine, to better understand the factors that contribute to creating and sustaining healthy developmental ecologies for rural children and youth.


Brown, L.M. & Flaumenhaft, J. (2019). Student-Empowered Curricular Change as Trauma Informed Practice. Phi Delta Kappan, 100 (6), 13-19.

Brown, L.M., Edell, D., Jones, M., Luckhurst, G., & Percentie, J. 2016. “I Love Beyoncé, But I Struggle With Beyoncé”: Girl Activists Talk Music and Feminism. In. J. Warwick and A. Adrian, eds., Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music: Performance, Authority, Authenticity. New York: Routledge.

Edell, D. & Brown, L.M. 2016. Bridges, Ladders, Sparks & Glue: Celebrating and Problematizing “Girl-Driven” Intergenerational Feminist Activism. Special 15th Anniversary Issue, Feminist Media Studies: ‘An Intergenerational Feminist Media Studies,’ 16(4): 693-709.

Castro Baker, A., Brown, L.M., Ragonese, M. 2015. Confronting Barriers to Critical Discussions About Sexualization with Adolescent Girls. Social Work.

Edell, D., Brown, L.M., & Tolman, D. 2013. Embodying Sexualization: When Theory Meets Practice in Intergenerational Feminist Activism. Feminist Theory, 14: 275-284.


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