Scot Brown

CAUSE Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D.: Cornell University, 1999
Department Member Since: 2016


Dr. Scot Brown is the 2016-2017 postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies & the Economy, and an associate professor of History and African American Studies at UCLA. He is the author of the book Fighting For Us as well as numerous articles on activism, music and popular culture. Brown is the also editor of the text, Discourse on Africana Studies. He is completing a book on popular 1970s bands from the funk and soul music hotbed, Dayton, Ohio. Also a musician and songwriter, Brown is working on a number of collaborative recording projects. He has also served as commentator for television music documentaries on TV One, BET/Centric and VH1. Additionally, Brown has appeared in film and TV documentaries on the Civil Rights and Black Power movements--most recently, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.


Discourse on Africana Studies: James Turner and Paradigms of Knowledge (New York: Diasporic Africa Press, 2016)
”The Blues/Funk Futurism of Roger Troutman,” in The Funk Issue - American Studies Journal (52:4, November 2013), pp. 119-123.
“SOLAR: The History of the Sound of Los Angeles Records,” in Darnell Hunt and Ana-Christina Ramon (eds.) Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and RacialRealities (New York: New York University Press, 2010) pp. 266-82
“The Land of Funk: Dayton, Ohio,” in Tony Bolden (ed.) The Funk Era and Beyond: New Perspectives on Black Culture (New York: Palgrave Press, August 2008) pp.73-88
"The Us/Panther Conflict, Exile, and the Black Diaspora: The Plight of LarryWatani Stiner,” Journal of African American History (Fall 2007)
Fighting For US: Maulana Karenga, the US Organization and Black Cultural Nationalism (New York: New York University Press, 2003)

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