- Swearer Center Staff
Where is home to you? Providence (born), Blacksburg, VA (raised)
Ph.D. History, Indiana University, 2003
M.A. History, Indiana University, 1995
B.A. Urban Studies, Stanford University, 1991
Julie Plaut became the Swearer Center’s first Director of Faculty Engagement and Research in April 2018; she also serves as Assistant Dean of the College. Prior to coming to Brown, Julie was Executive Director of Minnesota Campus Compact, Director of Academic Initiatives at the national Campus Compact, and an independent consultant to other organizations seeking to advance community engagement and college access and success. In addition to publishing articles and reports in the field, she has served on numerous task forces or committees for national associations and chaired the boards of several nonprofits in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Now a Providence resident, she looks forward to building new local connections.
Julie’s work is grounded in a deep commitment to critical, democratic and asset-based approaches to collaboration and change. Her undergraduate experiences at Stanford University--with the Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford in Washington, and the Urban Studies Program--started her on the path of engaged scholarship. She later earned a Ph.D. in History from Indiana University, where she helped establish and lead the campus office for community partnerships and taught community-engaged courses in American Studies.
"If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." – Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s