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Penn State School of Public Policy Research Talks — Homeschooling the Right: How Conservative Education Activism Erodes the State
The School of Public Policy welcomes Heath Brown, associate professor of public policy at John Jay College, on Wed., Jan. 27 at 2:00 p.m. for a virtual discussion about his new book, Homeschooling the Right: How Conservative Education Activism Erodes the State. 

In Homeschooling the Right, the political scientist Heath Brown provides a novel analysis of the homeschooling movement and its central role in conservative efforts to shrink the public sector. He traces the aftereffects of the passage of state homeschool policies in the 1980s and the results of ongoing conservative education activism on the broader political landscape, including the campaigns of George W. Bush and the rise of the Tea Party. Brown finds that by opting out of public education services in favor of at-home provision, homeschoolers have furthered conservative goals of reducing the size and influence of government. He applies the theory of policy feedback—how public-policy choices determine subsequent politics—to demonstrate the effects of educational activism for other conservative goals such as gun rights, which are similarly framed as matters of liberty and freedom. Brown draws on decades of county data (from Pennsylvania and seven other states), dozens of interviews, and original archives of formal and informal homeschool organizations.

Jan 27, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Heath Brown
Associate Professor of Public Policy at John Jay College @John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Heath Brown is an associate professor of public policy at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and the CUNY Graduate Center. He has worked at the US Congressional Budget Office as a Research Fellow, at the American Bus Association as a Policy Assistant, and at the Council of Graduate Schools as Research and Policy Director. In addition to his research, Brown is Reviews Editor for Interest Groups & Advocacy and hosts a podcast called New Books in Political Science, www.newbooksinpoliticalscience.com, where he interviews new authors about their political science publications. He is also an expert contributor to The Hill as well as to The Atlantic magazine and American Prospect magazine. Brown currently a co-leader of the New York City Chapter of the Scholar Strategy Network.