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.
2021 Call for nominations
The 2021 Brown Democracy medal will be awarded to an individual or organization helping under-represented groups in the United States achieve and sustain equal access and representation in our democracy. This includes but is not limited to voting rights, environmental justice, and criminal justice reform. Preference will be given to new work (either academic or applied) that has not already received widespread public attention.
If you know of such an individual or organization, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the nominee’s name and contact information, along with a brief explanation of why you are nominating them.
Desmond Meade, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
Book: America’s Disenfranchised: Why Restoring Their Vote Can Save the Soul of Our Democracy. Forthcoming from Cornell University Press.
2020: Srdja Popovic, Center for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies
Book: Pranksters vs. Autocrats: Why Dilemma Actions Advance Nonviolent Activism, with Sophia A. McClennen