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About Kirsten R. Brown, Ph.D.

Kirsten R. Brown's research agenda follows three lines of inquiry to address issues of access, diversity, and outcomes in higher education. Dr. Brown is interested in practices that support the retention and success of students with disabilities in postsecondary education. In particular, Dr. Brown is currently working in the areas of neuro and learning diversity and focuses on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Learning Disabilities (LD). In 2015, Dr. Brown was awarded the Disability Leadership Award, by ACPA's Standing Committee on Disability in recognition of her research contributions. Dr. Brown's second line of inquiry examines gendered organizational structures with an emphasis on technology and work environments. Dr. Brown has recently started to study cultural competence and assessment practices within graduate medical education.
Dr. Brown's teaching background is in Higher Education Administration, Sociology, and Disability Studies. She has graduate and undergraduate teaching experience at six different institutions and enjoys the incorporating technology into the learning environment. Currently, Dr. Brown is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Edgewood College, Marquette University, and Madison Area Technical College. Dr. Brown is active in several professional organizations and has presented nationally at ASHE, NAFSA,and ACPA.
Dr. Brown also serves as a Program Coordinator for International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is active in international education; in May of 2015 gave an invited lecture at Xi’an International Studies University in Xi’an, China. Dr. Brown is an accomplished administrator with professional experience at a small arts-focused college, a mid-size state university, and a large flagship institution. Her administrative work spans the areas of residence life, McNair Scholars, disability services, leadership programs, graduate admissions, academic advising, and pre-college programs.
Dr. Brown earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from Bowling Green State University. While at Bowling Green State University, Dr. Brown received the Katzner Award for Graduate Research and successfully nominated Dr. Broido for the President’s Award in Collaborative Research. Dr. Brown received her master's degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from Carroll University.


Present Adjunct Faculty Member, Sociology, Madison Area Technical College
Present Student Affairs, International Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Higher education administration, Disability, Autism, Campus climate for diversity, College student development, and Gender

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Honors and Awards

  • ACPA Standing Committee on Disability Leadership Award, 2015
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Academic Staff Professional Development Grant, 2015 & 2013
  • Successful nomination of Dr. Broido for the President’s Award for Collaborative Research at Bowling Green State University, 2012
  • Katzner Award for Graduate Research, 2010


  • Counseling Psychology: FYS
  • Educational Outcomes of American Colleges & Universities
  • Social Problems in the US
  • Social & Cultural Diversity
  • Environment & Life Sciences: FYS
  • Residential Community Service
  • Introduction to Sociology


August 2008May 2012 PhD, Bowling Green State University - Main Campus ‐ HESA
August 2005May 2008 MA, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee ‐ Sociology
August 1999May 2003 BS, Carroll College ‐ Sociology

Disability: Students, Campus Enviroments, and Research Methods (7)

Autism (4)

Gender and Women in Higher Education (1)