I’m an author, activist, Professor of Education at Colby College and senior researcher at the Rural Vitality Lab. I co-founded two grassroots girl-fueled activist organizations: Hardy G*rls Healthy Women and SPARK Movement, as well as the online blog, Powered By Girl.

My scholarship and praxis explore the conditions that enable youth voice and engagement with a focus on resistance and dissent in the face of oppression.

My most recent research project, initiated by Cobscook Institute in downeast Maine, was a five year whole-child, trauma-responsive approach to rural school reform. Any effective and sustainable education reform project must include active engagement with children and youth, and we developed creative strategies and opportunities for student voice and agency. Our book on the project, published by Harvard Education Press, is out this spring, 2022.

I am the author of 6 previous books and 7 curriculums.  I’ve written about the political power of girls’ anger, the cultural source of horizontal violence in the form of girlfighting, and the impact of media and marketing to reinforce narrow, gendered options for girls and boys. 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.

You can download my CV here: Lyn Mikel Brown CV 2022 

On a more personal note, I was born and raised downeast, on the Maine-New Brunswick border, 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 a masters in psychology from Southern Connecticut State University and my doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I was was a founding member of the Harvard Project on Women’s Psychology and Girls’ Development, working with Dr. Carol Gilligan. I live in Eastport and Portland, Maine with my partner, Mark, our sometimes visiting daughter and her partner, a cat and two dogs.