The Laurence and Lynne Brown Democracy Medal spotlights and honors the best work being done to advance democracy in the United States and internationally. Under the award program, the McCourtney Institute for Democracy will recognize practical innovations, such as new institutions, practices, technologies or organizations that advance the cause of democracy along with theoretical advances that enrich philosophical or empirical conceptions of democracy.
The Brown Democracy Medal and $5,000 are awarded annually. The winning project is published by an academic press. Winners are invited to Penn State’s University Park campus to accept the medal, give a public lecture, and appear on the Democracy Works podcast.