Lydia X. Z. Brown

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C.V. (abridged)

Last updated April 2022

Lydia X. Z. Brown

pronouns: they, them, theirs, themself

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Teaching Experience


  • Adjunct Professorial Lecturer in American Studies, American University, Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies
  • Adjunct Lecturer in Disability Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, Georgetown University


  • University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability
  • Towson University, Hussman Center for Adults with Autism
  • Tufts University, Experimental College

Professional Experience


  • Center for Democracy & Technology, Policy Counsel for Disability Rights and Algorithmic Fairness, Privacy & Data Project
  • Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network, Director of Policy, Advocacy, & External Affairs


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Institute for Technology Law & Policy, Associate for Disability Rights & Algorithmic Fairness
  • The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Justice Catalyst Legal Fellow
  • National Trans Bar Association, Mentoring Program Associate
  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Policy Analyst

Bar Admissions

  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Maryland


  • Northeastern University School of Law, Juris Doctor, Concentrations in Criminal Law & Justice and International Law & Human Rights
  • Georgetown University, Bachelor of Arts in Arabic with a minor in psychology

Academic Service

Dissertation and Thesis Committee Service
  • Doctoral Dissertation Committee External Reader, Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management
  • Senior Honors Thesis Committee Member, Tufts University, Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora – American Studies

Peer Review Service

  • American Quarterly
  • The Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity
  • The Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal
  • Disability Studies Quarterly
  • Autism in Adulthood
  • Journal of Homosexuality

University Committee Service

  • Northeastern University School of Law: Search Committee for Legal Research and Writing Faculty; Faculty Appointments Committee; Committee Against Institutional Racism; Transgender Justice Task Force
  • Georgetown University: Provost’s Working Group on Disability as a Social Justice Issue; Disability Cultural Month Planning Committee

Research Advisory Board Service

  • University of Pennsylvania, Training to Understand and Navigate Emotions and Interactions, Advisory Board Member
  • University of Melbourne, The Law & Politics of Digital Mental Health Technology Project, International Advisory Group Member
  • National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices & Systems, Human Services Research Institute, Person-Centered Advisory and Leadership Group Member

Public Service

  • Disability Rights Maryland, Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Program (PAIMI) Advisory Council
  • Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, Chairperson (Past)

Community Service


  • Disability Rights Bar Association, Board Co-President
  • Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities, Autism, and Family Support Task Force Co-Chair
  • National Lawyers Guild, Disability Justice Committee Representative to National Executive Committee
  • Nonbinary & Intersex Recognition Project, Community Advisory Board
  • American Bar Association, Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice, Disability Rights Committee Co-Chair; Commission on Disability Rights
  • Shared Support Maryland, Expectations Matter Project, Person-Centered Planning Advisory Group
  • Transgender Law Center, Disability Project Advisory Committee
  • Alliance for Disability Rights and Self-Direction, Board of Directors
  • Disability Intersectionality Summit, Steering Committee


  • The Kelsey, Inclusive Design Council
  • Borealis Fund, Disability Inclusion Fund, Grantmaking Committee
  • TASH, Outstanding Leadership in Disability Law Symposium Committee Co-Chair
  • Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline
  • Washington Metro Disabled Students Collective, Co-Founder & President
  • Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network, Board Member
  • JOIN for Justice, Empower Fellowship Advisory Committee

Grants, Awards, and Honors

  • Georgetown University, Gender+ Justice Initiative Fellowship, 2020-2021
  • Let’s Talk Learning Differences, Beacon Award, 2020
  • Gold House Foundation, A100 List of the Most Impactful Asians and Asian Pacific Islanders in Culture, 2020
  • National Disability Mentoring Coalition, Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame Inductee, 2019
  • AT&T – The Humanity of Connection, Disability Community Leadership Award, 2019
  • Amplifier Foundation, We The Future Campaign Youth Activist Icon, 2018
  • Justice Catalyst, Justice Catalyst Fellowship, 2018-2019
  • The Help Group’s Advance LA, Youth Advancing Achievement Award, 2018
  • NBC, NBC Asian America Presents: A to Z Emerging Voices & Breakout Stars, 2018
  • GrubStreet Writing Center, The Muse & The Marketplace Teaching Scholar, 2018
  • Tufts Community Union, Finalist for Professor of the Year Award, 2018
  • American Association of People with Disabilities, Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, 2018
  • Society for Disability Studies, Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars, 2017
  • National Association for Law Placement / Public Service Jobs Directory, Pro Bono Publico Award, 2017
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Jameson Crane III Disability & the Law Writing Competition, Second Prize, 2017
  • Disability Policy Consortium, Mary Lou Maloney Award, joint honoree with Finn Gardiner, 2016
  • National Council on Independent Living, Diana Viets Memorial Award, 2016
  • Mic 50 List: Next Generation of Impactful Leaders, Cultural Influencers, & Breakthrough Innovators, 2015
  • Pacific Standard Magazine, 30 Top Thinkers Under 30 in the Social Sciences, 2015
  • Washington Peace Center, Empowering the Future Youth Activist Award, 2014
  • President Barack Obama, The White House, Champion of Change for Disability Rights, 2013
  • Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Youth Advocate of the Year Honorable Mention, 2011
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