A new series of podcasts, hosted by College of Arts and Sciences assistant professor Heath Brown, are featured on www.newbooksinpoliticalscience.com. Brown, an instructor of political science and public affairs, has contributed several podcasts in which he interviews authors discussing their newly released political science books examining topics such as global gun control, digital politics and school reform.
The website was created as "an effort to use technology to share political science scholarship with a wider audience," Brown explains. While podcasts are not a substitute for reading books, he notes, they are a means for students, or anyone, to understand the material in a convenient and efficient way. "You can learn a lot on your commute to work or workout in the gym if you download and listen," Brown said.
Brown incorporates what he learns from some of these "readings" into the courses he teaches in Research Methods and Public Policy in the Masters of Public Administration program at Seton Hall.
In the interviews, Brown ties his background in American politics and public policy to the topics he's exploring. Brown recently recorded a podcast with Trevi Troy of the Hudson Institute on his own book, Lobby the New President: Interests in Transition.
Brown said audiences should watch out for upcoming book interviews focusing on the Arab Spring, the meaning of the "American Dream" and social movements.
Podcasts are free and renewed every ten days via www.newbooksnetwork.com or through iTunes.
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