Nationally known political scientist and commentator Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean will present “A Letter to the Free: Reimagining Justice and Democracy in the Trump Era” at the University of Bridgeport, Thursday, February 22.

The event is part of Necessary Voices, UB’s popular lecture series about the arts and ideas, and it is free to the public.

It begins at 4:30 p.m. in Mandeville Hall, Lecture Hall 104, 230 Park Avenue.

Dr. Brown-Dean is an award-winning political analyst, adviser, and commentator for the New York Times, NPR, CNN, Wall Street Journal,, Fox News Radio, Comcast Network, Washington Post, the Congressional Black Caucus, and other organizations. She is also a frequent guest on WNPR’s “Where We Live” and blogs as “The Chic Geek.”

In addition to her work as an expert commentator, Dr. Brown-Dean serves on the Board of Directors for Prison Policy Initiative, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that documents the impact of mass incarceration on communities across the nation. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, which distributes over $20 million in annual grants.

Dr. Brown-Dean is an associate professor of political science at Quinnipiac University and was formerly the Peter Strauss Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Yale University. She has also lectured at some of the world’s leading universities, including Oxford University in England.

Her work has been recognized by Connecticut magazine, which included her in its annual “40 Under 40” list and by the State Conference of NAACP Branches, which included her as one of the “100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut.”

Dr. Brown-Dean is a native of Lynchburg, Virginia, and holds a key to that city.