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Eddie Brown

Eddie Brown

Professor Emeritus, American Indian Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


American Indian Studies
Arizona State University
PO Box 874603
Tempe, AZ 85287-4603


  • Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Professor Emeritus, American Indian Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Eddie F. Brown has a unique administrative background in that he has worked at the highest administrative levels with federal, state, and tribal governments. He is the former Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, United States Department of Interior, Washington, DC (1988-1993). Served as Associate Dean and the Director of the Center for American Indian Studies at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri (1996- 2004); Executive Director of the Department of Human Services, Tohono O'odham Nation (1993-1996); Director of Arizona Department of Economic Security (1987-1989); and Chief of the Division of Social Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington, D.C. (1984-1986). Currently Dr. Brown is Director of American Indian Studies and Co-Executive Director of the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University and serves as a member of the U.S. President's Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Brown has directed a variety of research and demonstration projects related to the impact of welfare reform on American Indian families and children, mental health assessment of American Indian youth, diabetes prevention in tribal communities, Title IV- E state/tribal agreements, and state ICWA compliance issues, and is nationally recognized for his knowledge and skills in working with tribal governments and community programs.


  • PhD, Social Work, University of Utah, 1975
  • MA, Social Work, Brigham Young University, 1972
  • BS, Social Work, Brigham Young University, 1970


External Links



Brown, E., L. S. Whitaker, M. Springwater, S. Cornell, M. Jorgensen, M. L. Hale and A. Nagle. 2001. Welfare, Work, and American Indians: The Impact of Welfare Reform. A Report to the National Congress of American Indians (link )