I’m an author, activist, Professor of Education at Colby College, and co-founder of three grassroots girl-fueled activist organizations: SPARK Movement, Hardy Girls Healthy Women, and Powered By Girl.
My scholarship and praxis focus on understanding the conditions that enable girls’ healthy resistance and dissent in the face of oppression. I’m currently engaged in a rural education redesign research-practice partnership. A project of the Cobscook Community Learning Center in Downeast Maine, Transforming Rural Experience in Education (TREE) is a student empowered, whole-child, trauma-informed approach to rural school reform. Any effective and sustainable education reform project must include active engagement with children and youth, and so I’m working with TREE to develop creative strategies and opportunities for student voice and agency.
I am the author of 6 books and 7 curriculums. I’ve written about the political power of girls’ anger, the source of horizontal violence in the form of girlfighting, and the impact of media on girls healthy development. I’m passionate about intergenerational activism and youth-fueled social change efforts. One of the best compliments I’ve received about my work is that it successfully bridges the gaps between research, practice, and public service.
My latest book is about the importance of scaffolding girl-fueled activism.
“If you’re committed to working with girls—and I mean really working with them in every respect, through all the messy beauty of their activism—Powered by Girl is an essential read.”
—Loretta Ross, Co-founder of SisterSong
“Behind every ‘exceptional’ girl is…a movement! Kudos to Lyn Mikel Brown for identifying the architecture that lifts up the next generation of feminists!”
—Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, authors of Manifesta and Grassroots
You can download my CV here: Lyn Mikel Brown 2019.
On a more personal note, I was born and raised in the Maine-New Brunswick border towns of Vanceboro and Calais, the daughter of a nurse and a railroad engineer. I did my undergraduate work at the University of Maine, University of Kent in Canterbury, England, and Ottawa University in Ottawa, KS. I received my doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was a founding member of the Harvard Project on Women’s Psychology and Girls’ Development. I live in Waterville and Alexander, Maine with my partner, Mark, our sometimes visiting daughter, three cats and two dogs.