The following is a partial list of notable
Brown University people, known as Brunonians. It includes alumni, professors, and others associated with Brown University and Pembroke College (Brown University), the former women's college of Brown.
Notable alumni and leaders of Brown [ edit ]
Note: "Class of" is used to denote the graduation class of individuals who attended Brown, but did not or have not graduated. When just the graduation year is noted, it is because it has not yet been determined which degree the individual earned.
Academia [ edit ]
James Burrill Angell (A.B. 1849) – Longest-serving President of the University of Michigan (1871–1909).
Thomas Angell (1862) – Free Will Baptist preacher, professor at York University
Rufus Babcock (1821) - 2nd President of Colby College, 1833-1836
Aaron T. Beck (1942) – "The Father of Cognitive Behavior Therapy"; founder, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania, winner of the Lasker Award
Samuel Belkin (Ph.D. 1935) – President, Yeshiva University
Lee Eliot Berk (A.B 1964) – president and namesake, Berklee College of Music
Walter Burse (1920) – President of Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts
Gordon Keith Chalmers, (A.B., 1925) – Rhodes Scholar, President of Kenyon College, 1937–1956
Jeremiah Chaplin (1799) - Founder and First President of Colby College, 1817-1833
Oren B. Cheney (1835–36) – Baptist preacher, abolitionist, founder and president of Bates College
Herman Chernoff (PhD, 1948) – Professor Emeritus of Applied Mathematics at MIT and of Statistics at Harvard University
Barbara Chernow (A.B., Economics)- Senior Vice President for Administration at Stony Brook University
Aram Chobanian – President, Boston University(2003~2005)
William E. Cooper – President, University of Richmond
Robert A. Corrigan (A.B.) – President, San Francisco State University
Douglas W. Diamond (A.B.) – Merton H. Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Michael Dickinson (Sc. B. 1984) – professor of integrative biology at University of California, Berkeley, recipient of the Macarthur fellowship
Romeo Elton (1817-1889), Professor of Latin and Greek Languages and Trustee at Brown University; an endowed chair is named in his honor.
Stanley Falkow – father of microbiology and professor at Stanford Medical School, winner of the Lasker Award, only second to the Nobel Prize
Daniel Fischel – Dean, University of Chicago Law School
Henry Simmons Frieze (1841) President, University of Michigan
John Wesley Gilbert, (A.B. 1888, A.M. 1891)- first African American to receive an A.M. from Brown, first African American archaeologist. [1 ]
Frederic Poole Gorham – (A.M. 1894) founder of bacteriological studies program, President of the American Society for Microbiology (1911)
John Guttag (A.B. 1971) – chair of MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department (1999–2004)
John Hattendorf (A.M. 1971) – Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History, Naval War College
Jerry Hausman (A.B., summa cum laude) – economist at MIT, inventor of Hausman specification test, winner of the John Bates Clark Medal, only second in economics to the Nobel Prize.
John Hope (1894) – first African American president of Morehouse College and co-founder of the Niagara Movement, which became the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Arthur L. Horwich (A.B., 1972 M.D., 1975 summa cum laude) American biologist, Lasker Award(2011) winner, and Eugene Higgins Professor of Genetics and Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine
Judith Jacobson (1964) – co-founder of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, professor at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
Wes Johnson – professor of astronomy and physics, NHSS; subject of music video by popular Nashua band Boone County
Jim Yong Kim (1981) – President, Dartmouth College, Professor of Medicine and Social Medicine and Chair of the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, former director of the World Health Organization's HIV/AIDS department, recipient of the Macarthur fellowship
David Kennedy (A.B. 1976) – Vice President of International Studies and professor of International Relations at Brown University
Luther Luedtke (PhD 1971) – former President of California Lutheran University and current President and CEO of Education Development Center
James A. MacAlister (1856) – first president of Drexel University [2 ]
Jonathan Maxcy (A.B. 1787) – 2nd President of Brown University; first president of the University of South Carolina and Baptist minister
David Maxwell (A.M. 1968) – President, Drake University
Alexander Meiklejohn (1893) – philosopher; free-speech advocate; dean of Brown University (1901–1913); president of Amherst College
Craig C. Mello, (Sc. B. 1982) – Nobel laureate (2006, Physiology or Medicine), professor University of Massachusetts Medical School
Kenneth R. Miller, (Sc. B. 1970) – Professor of Biology at Brown University.
Richard L. Morrill (A.B. 1961) – President, University of Richmond (1988–1998), Centre College (1982–1988), Salem College (1979–1982)
Samuel M. Nabrit – (B.A. Morehouse College, Ph.D. 1932) first African American to receive doctorate degree from Brown University; first African American Trustee at Brown University; first African American appointed to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.
Anna Nagurney, (A.B. 1977, Sc. B. 1977, Sc. M. 1980, Ph.D. 1983) – John F. Smith Memorial Professor and Director – Virtual Center for Supernetworks, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Jay Newman (M.A.) – Professor of Philosophy at York University; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Peter Norvig (Sc. B. 1978) – director of research at Google Inc.
Lynn Pasquerella (Ph.D. 1985) – President, Mount Holyoke College
Peter Pitegoff, (A.B. 1975) – Dean and Professor of Law, University of Maine School of Law
Jehuda Reinharz (Ph.D. 1972) – President, Brandeis University
Kenneth Alan "Ken" Ribet (A.B. and A.M. 1969) – professor of mathematics at U.C.-Berkeley, contributor to the proof of Fermat's last theorem
Jennifer Richeson (1994) – psychologist, Macarthur fellowship recipient
Paul Ridker, MD, 1981, is a cardiologist and medical researcher and the Eugene Braunwald Professor of Medicine at Harvard University. He is also on staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Ridker was included in TIME magazine's list of 100 most influential people of 2004. Previously, TIME and CNN named Dr. Ridker as one of "America's Best in Science and Medicine".
David Schmittlein (A.B. 1977) Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management
Michael Silverstein – Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology, of Linguistics, and of Psychology at the University of Chicago, recipient of the Macarthur fellowship
Richard Solomon (A.B. 1940, A.M. 1942, Ph.D. 1947) – psychologist, author of the opponent-process theory of emotion
James Tallmadge, Jr. (1798) President of New York University (1830–1846), U.S. Congressman, New York
Technology and innovation [ edit ]
Willis Adcock (Ph.D. 1948) — chemist, professor of electrical engineering, grew silicon boules for construction of the first silicon transistor at Texas Instruments
Seth Berkley (Sc. B., MD) – President, CEO and founder of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
Brian Binnie (Sc. B. 1975, Sc. M. 1976) – test pilot, privately funded experimental spaceplane SpaceShipOne
John Seely Brown (A.B. 1962) – inventor of spellcheck
John H. Crawford (1975) – chief architect, Intel386 and Intel486 microprocessors; co-managed the development of the Pentium microprocessor; Intel Fellow, Enterprise Platforms Group
James B. Garvin (Sc. B. 1978, Sc. M. 1981, Ph.D. 1984) – Chief Scientist, NASA Mars and lunar exploration programs
Lillian Moller Gilbreth (Ph.D. 1915) – one of the first working female engineers and is arguably the first true industrial/organizational psychologist. Mother of twelve children as described by the book Cheaper by the Dozen.
Morton Gurtin (Ph.D. 1961) – Timoshenko Medal winning mechanical engineer and mathematical physicist
Andy Hertzfeld (Sc. B. 1975) – key member of original Apple Macintosh development team; one of the primary software architects of the original Mac OS
Wesley Huntress – president, Planetary Society
William Williams Keen (1859) – first U.S. brain surgeon
David J. Lipman – director, National Center for Biotechnology Information
Thomas O. Paine (A.B. 1942) – third NASA Administrator, oversaw first seven Apollo manned missions
Robert G. Parr (1942) – author of Density-Functional Theory of Atoms and Molecules
Randy Pausch (Sc.B. 1982) – Professor of Computer Science and Co-founder of The Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University; lecturer and best-selling writer, The Last Lecture
Gordon Kidd Teal (Ph.D. 1931) – inventor of the silicon transistor
John Wilder Tukey (Sc. B. 1936, Sc. M. 1937) – co-developed the Cooley-Tukey fast Fourier transform algorithm; coined the terms bit, byte, software and cepstrum
Bob Wallace – Ninth Microsoft employee, inventor of the term shareware
George Wallerstein (Sc.B. 1951) – astronomer, winner of the Henry Norris Russell Lectureship
Frank E. Winsor (Sc.B. 1892, A.M. 1896, Sc.D. 1929) Civil engineer, chief engineer for the Quabbin Reservoir project, the Scituate Reservoir project and Brown University Trustee
Government, law and public policy [ edit ]
Governors [ edit ]
Philip Allen (A.B. 1803) – U.S. Senator, Rhode Island (1853–1859), Governor of Rhode Island (1851–1853) [3 ]
Henry B. Anthony (A.B. 1833) – U.S. Senator, R- Rhode Island (1859–1884), President pro tempore of the United States Senate, Governor of Rhode Island (1849–1851) [4 ]
Donald Carcieri (A.B. 1965) – Governor of Rhode Island– R (2003–2011); former CEO of Cookson America [5 ]
Samuel Cony (1829) – Governor of Maine (1864–1867) [6 ]
Elisha Dyer – Governor of Rhode Island (1857–1859) [7 ]
Elisha Dyer, Jr. – Governor of Rhode Island (1897–1900) [8 ]
James Fenner (A.B. 1789) – Governor of Rhode Island (1807–1811; 1824–1831; 1843–1845) [9 ]
Theodore Francis Green (1887) – Governor of Rhode Island (1933–1936); U.S. Senator, D– Rhode Island (1937–1961) [10 ]
Maggie Hassan – Governor-Elect of New Hampshire (2013–) [11 ]
Charles Evans Hughes (A.B. 1881) – Governor of New York (1907–1910) [12 ]
Charles Jackson – Governor of Rhode Island (1845–46) [13 ]
Piyush "Bobby" Jindal (Sc.B. 1992) – Governor of Louisiana– R (2008–) [14 ]
Otto Kerner, Jr. (1930) – Governor of Illinois – (1961–1968) [15 ]
William L. Marcy (A.B. 1808) – Justice of New York State Supreme Court (1829); Governor of New York (1833–1839); U.S. Secretary of War (1845–1849); U.S. Senator from New York; U.S. Secretary of State (1853–1857) [16 ]
Jack A. Markell (1982) – Governor of Delaware– D (2009–) [17 ]
Marcus Morton (A.B. 1804, A.M 1807) – U.S. Congressman, Massachusetts (1817–1821), Governor of Massachusetts (1825, 1840–1844) [18 ]
Pendleton Murrah (1848) – Governor of Texas during the American Civil War (1863–1865) [19 ]
Philip W. Noel (1954) – former Governor of Rhode Island [20 ]
Edward C. Stokes (1883) – Governor of New Jersey (1905–1908) [21 ]
William D. Williamson (1804) – second Governor of the U.S. state of Maine and one of the first congressmen from Maine in the United States House of Representatives [22 ]
John Milton Thayer (1841) – Governor of Wyoming Territory and Governor of Nebraska [23 ]
Lincoln Chafee (1975) – Governor of Rhode Island [24 ]
Jack Markell (1981) – Governor of Delaware [25 ]
Legislators [ edit ]
Framer of the Founding Documents of the United States of America [ edit ]
United States Senators [ edit ]
Philip Allen (A.B. 1803) – U.S. Senator, Rhode Island (1853–1859), Governor of Rhode Island (1851–1853) [26 ]
Henry B. Anthony (A.B. 1833) – U.S. Senator, R- Rhode Island (1859–1884), President pro tempore of the United States Senate, Governor of Rhode Island (1849–1851) [27 ]
Samuel G. Arnold (A.B. 1841) – U.S. Senator from Rhode Island [28 ]
James Burrill, Jr. (A.B. 1788) – U.S. Senator from Rhode Island [29 ]
Lincoln Chafee (A.B. 1975) – U.S. Senator, R- Rhode Island; Governor of Rhode Island, (2011–) [30 ]
John Hopkins Clarke (A.B. 1809) – U.S. Senator from Rhode Island [31 ]
Nathan F. Dixon I (A.B. 1799) – U.S. Senator, Rhode Island [32 ]
Nathan F. Dixon III (A.B. 1869) – U.S. Senator from Rhode Island [33 ]
James Fenner (A.B. 1789) – U.S. Senator from Rhode Island [34 ]
Dwight Foster (A.B. 1774) – United States Senator from Massachusetts [35 ]
Lafayette S. Foster (A.B. 1828) – U.S. Senator, R- Connecticut (1855–1867), President pro tempore of the Senate, Acting Vice President of the United States [36 ]
Theodore Foster (A.B. 1770) – United States Senator from Rhode Island [37 ]
John Brown Francis (A.B. 1808) – U.S. Senator from Rhode Island [38 ]
Theodore F. Green (A.B. 1887) – U.S. Senator, D- Rhode Island (1937–1961) [39 ]
Nathaniel P. Hill (A.B. 1856) – U.S. Senator, R- Colorado (1879–1885) [40 ]
John Holmes (A.B. 1796) – U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts, one of the two first Senators from Maine [41 ]
Members of the United States House of Representatives [ edit ]
Samuel L. Crocker (1822) – U.S. Congressman, Massachusetts [55 ]
Job Durfee (A.B. 1813) – U.S Congressman, Rhode Island (1821–1825) [56 ]
Samuel Eddy (1787) – U.S Congressman, Rhode Island (1819–1825), Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court (1827–1835) [57 ]
James Ervin (1797) U.S. Congressman, R- South Carolina (1817–1821) [58 ]
Horace Everett (A.B. 1797) – U.S. Congressman, Vermont (1829–1843) [59 ]
Dwight Foster (A.B. 1774) – Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the 2nd & 4th districts [35 ]
Julian Hartridge (1848) – U.S. Congressman, D- Georgia (1875–1879) [60 ]
Nathaniel Hazard (1792) – U.S Congressman, Rhode Island (1819–1820) [61 ]
Piyush "Bobby" Jindal (Sc.B. 1992) – U.S. Congressman, R- Louisiana 1st Congressional District (2004–2008) [62 ]
Dan Maffei (1990) – U.S. Congressman, D- New York, 25th Congressional District [63 ]
James Brown Mason (A.B. 1791) – U.S Congressman, Rhode Island (1815–1819) [64 ]
Marcus Morton (A.B. 1804, A.M 1807) – U.S. Congressman, Massachusetts (1817–1821), Governor of Massachusetts (1825, 1840–1844) [65 ]
John J. O'Connor (1906) – U.S. Congressman, D- New York (1923–1939) [66 ]
Dutee Jerauld Pearce (A.B. 1808) – U.S Congressman, Rhode Island (1825–1837) [67 ]
Henry Kirke Porter (1860) – U.S. Congressman, Pennsylvania (1903–1905) [68 ]
Zabdiel Sampson (1803) – U.S. Congressman, Massachusetts (1817–1820) [69 ]
William P. Sheffield, II – U.S. Congressman, R- Rhode Island (1909–1911). [70 ]
Solomon Sibley (1794) – first United States Attorney for the Michigan Territory; territorial Delegate to Congress [71 ]
Edward L. Sittler, Jr. (1930)- U.S. Congressman, R- Pennsylvania, 23rd Congressional District [72 ]
Ebenezer Stoddard (1807) – United States Representative from Connecticut. [73 ]
Daniel Wardwell (1811) – U.S. Congressman, New York (1831–1837) [74 ]
William Widnall (1926) – U.S. Congressman, R- New Jersey (1950–1975) [75 ]
John W. Wydler (1947) – U.S. Congressman, R- New York (1963–1981) [76 ]
State Legislators [ edit ]
Diplomats [ edit ]
W. Randolph Burgess (1912) – U.S. Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) (1957–1961)
Samuel S. Cox (1846) – U.S. ambassador to the Ottoman Empire under President Grover Cleveland.
Dr. William H. Courtney (Ph.D. 1972) – U.S. Ambassador to Georgia (1995–1997), and Kazakhstan (1992–1994)
John Hay (A.B. 1858) – U.S. Secretary of State (1898–1905)
Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke (A.B. 1962) – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1999–2001), United States Assistant Secretary of State, United States Ambassador to Germany, former Chairman of the Asia Society, member of the Atlantic Council of the United States, Counselor to the Council on Foreign Relations, Founding Chairman of the American Academy in Berlin
Charles Evans Hughes (A.B. 1881) – U.S. Secretary of State (1921–1925)
William L. Marcy (A.B. 1808) – U.S. Secretary of State (1853–1857)
Anthony Dryden Marshall – U.S. Consul in Istanbul, 1958–59; U.S. Ambassador to Malagasy Republic, 1969–71; Trinidad and Tobago, 1972–74; Kenya, 1973; Seychelles, 1976–77, theatrical producer and felon
Victoria Nuland – United States Permanent Representative to NATO (2005–2008)
Richard Olson (A.B. 1981) – United States Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (2008–2011); United States Ambassador to Pakistan
Richard Olney (A.B. 1856) – United States Secretary of State (1895–1897)
Nit Phibunsongkhram (A.M.) – Foreign Minister of Thailand (2006–2008), Thai Ambassador to the United States (1996–2000)
Frederic M. Sackett (A.B. 1890) – U.S. Senator, R- Kentucky (1924–1930), United States Ambassador to Germany (1930–1933)
Thomas J. Watson, Jr. (A.B. 1937) – former United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1979–1981)
Curtin Winsor, Jr. (A.B. 1961) – U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica (1983–1985)
Rosemary DiCarlo - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (2013)
Advisors [ edit ]
Activists [ edit ]
John Bonifaz (1987) – founder, National Voting Rights Institute, recipient of the Macarthur fellowship
Sean Eldridge (A.B. 2008) – Gay rights activist, political director of Freedom to Marry
Kathryn S. Fuller (A.B. 1968) – Chairman of the Board Ford Foundation former President and CEO of non-governmental organization World Wildlife Fund-U.S. (1989–2005)
Samuel Gridley Howe (1821) – prominent physician, abolitionist, advocate of education for the blind
Gene Karpinski (1974) – President, League of Conservation Voters
Maya Keyes – anarchist and gay rights activist
Horace Mann (1819) – educationist; father of American public school education
Nancy Northup (A.B. 1981) – President, Center for Reproductive rights.
Nawal M. Nour (A.B. 1988) – physician, founder of the first hospital center in the United States devoted to the medical needs of African women who have undergone female circumcision, recipient of the Macarthur fellowship
Cecile Richards (1980) – President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
George Lincoln Rockwell (Class of 1942) – founder of the American Nazi Party; dropped out after sophomore year to join the Navy
Kenneth Roth (A.B. 1978) – Executive Director of non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch
Galina Starovoitova – Visiting professor at the Watson Institute for International Studies 1994–1998. Member of Russian Duma, leader of reformist Democratic Russia party, assassinated November 20, 1998.
Katherine Chon (BS 2002) – Co-Founder and Board President of anti- human trafficking non-profit Polaris Project.
Derek Ellerman (BS 2002) – Co-Founder and Board Chairman of anti- human trafficking non-profit Polaris Project, former Ashoka fellow and current Ashoka Ambassador
Jurists [ edit ]
Peleg Arnold (A.B. ???) – Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court from 1795 to 1812. Represented Rhode Island as a delegate to the Continental Congress in the 1787–1788 session; incorporator of the Providence Society for the Abolition of Slavery in 1790.
Haiganush R. Bedrosian (A.B. 1965) – Chief Justice, Rhode Island Family Court.
Theodore R. Boehm (A.B. 1960) – Justice, Supreme Court of Indiana
Charles S. Bradley (A.B. 1838) – Chief Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court
George Moulton Carpenter (B.A. 1864), a Federal Judge for United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island
Job Durfee (A.B. 1813) – Chief Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court
Samuel Eddy (1787) – U.S Congressman, Rhode Island (1819–1825), Chief Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court (1827–1835) John Patrick Hartigan, (B.A. 1910), Rhode Island Attorney General, 1933—1939; US District Court, 1940–1951; US Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1951–1968
Charles Evans Hughes (A.B. 1881) – 11th Chief Justice of the United States (1930–1941); Governor of New York (1907–1910); U.S. Secretary of State (1921–1925)
Patrick C. Lynch – Rhode Island Attorney General-D
Marcus Morton (1838) – Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (1882–1890)
Michael Newdow (Sc. B. 1974) – atheist doctor and lawyer who unsuccessfully argued before the Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow U.S. Supreme Court
Solomon Sibley (A.B. 1794) – Chief Justice, Michigan Supreme Court Leah Sprague (A.B. 1966)- Newburyport Massachusetts District Court Judge
Kenneth Starr (M.A. 1969) – former U.S. Solicitor General; former U.S. appeals court judge; special counsel in Bill Clinton impeachment proceedings; President of Baylor University
Francisco Besosa (A.B. 1971) – District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Ojetta Rogeriee Thompson (A.B. 1973) – federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and former Rhode Island Superior Court judge
Craig Waters (A.B. 1979) – communications counsel to the Florida Supreme Court
Business [ edit ]
Journalism [ edit ]
Jim Axelrod (A.M. 1989) Chief White House correspondent, CBS News
Amy DuBois Barnett (A.B. 1991) – editor-in-chief, Ebony (magazine)
Chris Berman (A.B. 1977) – ESPN host and anchor
Martin Bernheimer – Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic
Duncan B. Black a.k.a. Atrios, well-known blogger
Robert Conley (1953) – Founding member and former General Manager of NPR, creator and original host of " All Things Considered", former front-page correspondent, New York Times writer, and news reporter and anchor for National Geographic NBC and the famed . Huntley-Brinkley Report
Gareth Cook (A.B. 1991) – Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, , for writing about Boston Globe stem cell research
Dana Cowin (A.B. 1982) – Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine
Adrian Dearnell – Franco-American financial journalist, CEO & Founder of EuroBusiness Media [78 ]
Larry Elder (A.B. 1974) – columnist, radio personality, TV talk show host ( The Larry Elder Show); author, The Ten Things You Can't Say in America
Ira Glass (A.B. 1982) – host and producer, National Public Radio, This American Life
Christopher L. Hayes (A.B. 2001) – Editor of and host of The Nation on All In with Chris Hayes MSNBC
Taina Hernandez (A.B. 1996) – anchor of on World News Now ABC
Tony Horwitz – journalist, , winner of the Wall Street Journal Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting
A.J. Jacobs – journalist and author, , The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World The Year of Living Biblically
Amy Kellogg (A.B. 1987) – news reporter for the Fox News Channel
John F. Kennedy, Jr. (A.B. 1983) – lawyer; journalist; publisher of magazine; son of President George John F. Kennedy. Killed in an airplane crash on July 16, 1999.
Glenn Kessler (journalist) (A.B. 1981) – diplomatic correspondent for The Washington Post
Doug Kezirian (A.B. 2000) – ESPN host and anchor
Irving R. Levine – Noted former NBC News correspondent
Mara Liasson (1977) – NPR Correspondent
Bill Lichtenstein (1978) – journalist, documentary filmmaker, president of LCMedia, Inc.; recipient of Guggenheim Fellowship, Peabody Award, U.N. Media Award, and 60 broadcast journalism honors.
Josh Marshall (Ph.D. 2003) – Polk Award-winning journalist, founder, Talking Points Memo
Mark Maremont (1980) Senior special writer for the Wall Street Journal and 2-time Pulitzer Prize winner.
Linda Mason (1964) – producer and VP, CBS News; winner of 13 Emmy Awards
George Musser (Sc. B. 1988) – author and editor at Scientific American
Scott Poulson-Bryant – (A.B. 2008, though originally in Class of 1989), co-founding editor of VIBE Magazine and author of HUNG: A Meditation on the Measure of Black Men in America
Andrew C. Revkin (A.B. 1978) Environmental Journalist, New York Times, recipient of a 2008 Columbia University Journalism School John Chancellor Award.
Quentin Reynolds – one of two journalists in London during The Blitz
James Risen – journalist for and The New York Times covering national intelligence; author of two books about the The Los Angeles Times Central Intelligence Agency; broke the 2005 story of warrantless NSA wiretapping; 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner.
David S. Rohde (A.B. 1990) – Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, escaped from 7-month Taliban captivity in 2009
Margaret Russell – Editor-in-Chief, magazine, design judge, Elle Decor Top Design
Aaron Schatz (1996) – ESPN NFL analyst, founder of Football Outsiders
Kathryn Schulz (A.B. 1996)--contributor to the Freakonomics blog and freelance journalist
Amy Sohn (A.B. 1995) – columnist, magazine; novelist, New York Run Catch Kiss and Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell
Alison Stewart (A.B. 1988) – host, MSNBC's The Most with Alison Stewart
André Leon Talley (A.B., A.M.) – magazine editor-at-large; author, Vogue A.L.T.: A Memoir
Krista Tippett (A.B. 1983) – host, NPR's Speaking of Faith
Alex Wagner (A.B. 1999) – host, Now with Alex Wagner, MSNBC
Lady Gabriella Windsor (A.B. 2004) – ( Ella Windsor), a member of the British Royal Family.
Literature [ edit ]
David Allyn (A.B. 1991) author, , Make Love, Not War , playwright, I Can't Believe I Just Did That Baptizing Adam
Daniel Altieri (A.M. 1971) American author/ coauthor, translator, artist, international bestselling novelist. , (Michael-Joseph/Viking Penguin /Morrow 1989, The Court of the Lion , (Goldmann Bertelsmann/Morrow, Avon, Presses de la Cite 1993), Deception: a novel of murder and madness in T'ang China (Morrow Harper Collins, May 1, 1996), Shangri-La:the return to the world of Lost Horizon (Blanvalet/Bertelsmann 2001). References: 1)"Deception": Kirkus Reviews, Issue March 1, 1993. 2)"Shangri-La": Kirkus Reviews issue February 15, 1996 3) "Court" Sunday Arts and Books, San Jose Mercury News, February 5, 1989 Der Fluch der Kaiserin
Donald Antrim (A.B. 1981) – author, , Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World , The Verificationist , recipient of the The Hundred Brothers MacArthur fellowship
Jacob M. Appel (A.B. 1995), author, playwright, , Arborophilia Creve Coeur, The Mistress of Wholesome
Edward Ball (1982) – National Book Award winning nonfiction writer, , Slaves in the Family The Genetic Strand
Aliki Barnstone – (A.B., M.A.) poet and translator, author of Bright Body White Pine Press, 2011) and four other poetry books, plus and The Collected Poems of C.P. Cavafy: A New Translation (W.W. Norton, 2006)
Josh Bazell, novelist
Lisa Birnbach, (A.B. 1978) – author, The Official Preppy Handbook
Kate Bornstein (née Albert Bornstein) (A.B. 1969) – transgender activist, performance artist, playwright, gender theorist, and author, and Gender Outlaws My Gender Workbook
Jeffrey Carver (A.B. 1971) – science fiction author, Nebula Award finalist
Susan Cheever (1965) – author
Ted Chiang – Nebula Award, Locus Award, and Hugo Award winning science fiction writer
Brian Christian (A.B. 2006) - author, The Most Human Human
Nilo Cruz (M.F.A. 1994) – Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Anna in the Tropics
Edwidge Danticat (M.F.A. 1993) – American Book Award winning author, , Breath, Eyes, Memory , recipient of the The Dew Breaker MacArthur fellowship
David Ebershoff – Lambda Literary Award winning author, , editor-at-large at The Danish Girl Random House, professor at Columbia University
Jeffrey Eugenides (A.B. 1983) – Pulitzer Prize winning author, , Middlesex , The Virgin Suicides The Marriage Plot
Rudolph Fisher (A.B. 1919, A.M. 1920) author, musician, physician; a leader of the Harlem Renaissance
Richard Foreman (A.B. 1959) – playwright/avant-garde theater pioneer; founder, , recipient of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater MacArthur fellowship
Peter Gizzi (M.F.A. 1991) – poet, professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst's MFA Program for Poets & Writers
Jaimy Gordon – National Book Award winning author, Lord of Misrule
Andrew Sean Greer – author, , The Path of Minor Planets The Confessions of Max Tivoli
Scott Haltzman (1982, M.D. 1985) – psychiatrist, author of The Secrets of Happily Married Men: Eight Ways to Win Your Wife's Heart Forever
Tony Horwitz (A.B. 1980) – Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author of , Confederates in the Attic , and Blue Latitudes Baghdad Without a Map
Constance Hunting (A.B. 1947) – poet, founder of Puckerbrush Press
Shelley Jackson (M.F.A.) – author, Patchwork Girl, Half Life
Steven Johnson (A.B. 1990) – writer, pop-science, author, Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter
Winthrop Jordan (PhD 1960) – American Civil War and racial history writer, winner of the National Book Award and the Bancroft Prize
Barbara Keiler (A.M. 1976 in creative writing) – Romance novelist, specializing in the contemporary subgenre. She has written as "Ariel Berk", "Judith Arnold" and "Thea Frederick".
T. E. D. Klein (A.B. 1969) – horror fiction writer & magazine editor
Caroline Knapp (A.B.) – essayist and author, Drinking: A Love Story
Richard Kostelanetz (A.B.1962) – cultural historian, fictioner, poet, experimental writer, critic of avant-garde arts and artists, anthologist, etc.
Geoffrey A. Landis (Ph.D. 1988) – Nebula Award and Hugo Award winning scientist-writer & science fiction author
Reif Larsen – (A.B 2003) professor at Columbia University; author, " The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet".
Ben Lerner (M.F.A. 2003) – poet, author of and Angle of Yaw The Lichtenberg Figures.
David Levithan (A.B. 1993) – author, , Boy Meets Boy , Will Grayson, Will Grayson Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Alan Levy – author
David Lipsky (A.B. 1987) – author, , Three Thousand Dollars , The Art Fair Absolutely American
Sam Lipsyte (A.B. 1990) – author, , Home Land , Venus Drive The Fun Parts
Lois Lowry (Class of 1958) – Newbery Medal-winning author, The Giver
Thomas Mallon (A.B.) – author, , Henry and Clara , Bandbox , Dewey Defeats Truman Two Moons
Ben Marcus (M.F.A. 1991) – author, , The Age of Wire and String Notable American Women
Alex McAulay (A.B.) – author, , Bad Girls , Lost Summer , Oblivion Road Shelter Me
Emily Arnold McCully (A.B. 1961)- Caldecott Award winning children's author, Mirette on the High Wire
Mark C. McGarrity (A.B. 1966) - wrote crime fiction under the name Bartholomew Gill.
Roland Merullo (A.B., M.A.) – author
Steven Millhauser – Pulitzer Prize winning author, Martin Dressler
Rick Moody (A.B.) – author, , The Ice Storm , Garden State , Purple America The Diviners
Nicanor Parra – Influential Chilean poet, author of Poemas y Antipoemas
S. J. Perelman – American humorist, ; author; The New Yorker Academy Award winning screenwriter, Around the World in Eighty Days
Nathaniel Philbrick – nonfiction writer; National Book Award winner, , In the Heart of the Sea , Sea of Glory Mayflower
Vicki Robin (A.B. 1967) – activist, author Your Money or Your Life.
Marilynne Robinson (A.B. 1966) – Pulitzer Prize and Orange Prize winning author, , Gilead , Housekeeping Home Ariel Sabar (A.B. 1993) – author, National Book Critics Circle Award 2009 for
My Father's Paradise
Joanna Scott (M.A. 1985) – author, recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction
David Shenk (A.B. 1988) – filmmaker and author, The End of Patience, , whose title has entered the English vocabulary Data Smog
Scott Snyder (B.A. 1998) – author of the story collection "Voodoo Heart" and writer of Vertigo Comics's ongoing original series American Vampire
Nathanael West (1924) – author, , Miss Lonelyhearts The Day of the Locust
Meg Wolitzer (A.B. 1981) – author, , The Interestings , The Position The Ten-Year Nap
Medicine [ edit ]
David C. Lewis (A.B. 1957) – Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Community Health and first Donald G. Millar Distinguished Professor of Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown; a leading researcher and activist on drugs policy issues.
Neel Shah - Executive Director of Costs of Care, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School
Military [ edit ]
James Mitchell Varnum (A.B. 1769) – General in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and justice of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territory. Sidney Baumgarten (AB 1954) Brigadier General in the New York Guard (formerly U.S. Army Reserve), called to active duty for the last time on 9/11/01 in the wake of the attack on the World Trade Center. Awarded the NY State Conspicuous Service Medal by Governor Pataki for his role as Chief of Staff and for the mobilization and deployment of the troops on and after 9/11. Retired January 2005.
Performing arts [ edit ]
Sean Altman (A.B. 1983) – founding tenor member of Rockapella, which is known for performing the theme song to the show in every episode Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
Charles Ansbacher – Founder and Conductor of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra
MC Paul Barman (A.B. 1997) – cult rapper [79 ]
Marco Beltrami (Sc. B. 1988) – 2-time Academy Award nominated film score composer, (1996), Scream (2002), Resident Evil (2002), Blade II (2003), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2004), I, Robot (2004), Hellboy (2005), Red Eye (2006), The Omen (2007), Live Free or Die Hard (2007), 3:10 to Yuma (2008), Max Payne (2009), The Hurt Locker (2013) Warm Bodies
Clare Burson – singer-songwriter
David Buskin (A.B 1965) – singer (Modern Man), songwriter, jingle composer, Clio Award winner (1983).
Wendy Carlos (A.B. 1962) – composer and electronic musician, (1968); film score composer, Switched-On Bach (1971), A Clockwork Orange (1982) Tron
Alvin Curran – avant-garde composer
Mary Chapin Carpenter (A.B. 1981) – country singer-songwriter
Joel Cohen (A.B. 1963), Boston Camerata
Catie Curtis (1987) – contemporary folk singer-songwriter
Dave Dederer – guitarist, singer, and founding member of rock band The Presidents of the United States of America
Sage Francis – rapper
Shelby Gaines (1991) – musician and artist
Dhani Harrison – son of George Harrison, composer, guitarist
Lili Haydn (1992) – singer-songwriter-violinist
Nicolas Jaar (A.B. 2012) – acclaimed avant-garde electronic music producer, owner and founder of record label and art house Clown & Sunset
Elliott Kerman (A.B. 1981) – founding baritone member of Rockapella
Tad Kinchla (1995) – bassist for jam band Blues Traveler
Richard Kostelanetz (A.B. 1962), electro-acoustic composer (New York City Oratorio, Americas' Game), writer on innovative musics and musicians
Damian Kulash (A.B. 1998) – lead singer and founding member of indie rock band OK Go
Erich Kunzel (Brown professor, 1964) – conductor, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Lisa Loeb (A.B. 1990) – alternative singer-songwriter; first unsigned artist to top the American charts (three weeks at #1)
The Low Anthem – celebrated indie folk band that includes alums Ben Knox Miller, Jeff Prystowsky and Jocie Adams
Erin McKeown – folk singer-songwriter
Elizabeth Mitchell (1990) – musician, member of indie folk– pop band Ida; played in a band with Lisa Loeb and Duncan Sheik while at Brown
Will Oldham – indie rock/ alternative country singer-songwriter who also performs by such names as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Palace
Elvis Perkins (1995) – singer-songwriter
Navah Perlman (A.B. 1992) – concert pianist; daughter of Itzhak Perlman
Chubb Rock – rapper (Did not graduate)
Theodore Shapiro – film score composer, (2000), State and Main (2001), Heist (2003), Old School (2004), Along Came Polly (2004), Starsky & Hutch (2004), 13 Going on 30 (2006), The Devil Wears Prada (2007), Blades of Glory (2008), Semi-Pro (2008), Marley & Me (2008), Tropic Thunder (2008) I Love You, Man
Susan Salms-Moss (A.B. 1967) – soprano
Duncan Sheik (A.B. 1992) – alternative rock singer-songwriter; top 10 hit for the song "Barely Breathing"; 2-time Tony Award winning composer, Spring Awakening
Susie Suh (A.B. 2002) – alternative rock singer-songwriter
Gwyneth Walker (A.B. 1967) – composer
ZOX – SideOneDummy recording artist, composed of John Zox '02, Eli Miller '02, Daniel Edinberg '02, and Spencer Swain
Dan Prothero – producer / engineer and owner of Fog City Records
Eva Amurri (2007) – actress, (2005), Loving Annabelle (2004), Saved! (2002), daughter of The Banger Sisters Susan Sarandon.
Bess Armstrong (1975) – actress, (1981), The Four Seasons (1983) High Road to China
Steve Bloom (A.B.) – screenwriter, , James and the Giant Peach , The Sure Thing , Tall Tale Jack Frost
David Conrad (A.B.) – actor , Wedding Crashers Ghost Whisperer
Yaya Da Costa (A.B. 2004) – actress, (2006), Take the Lead (2007), Honeydripper (2010) ; fashion model The Kids Are All Right
Tom Dey (A.B. 1987) – director, (2000), Shanghai Noon (2002), Showtime (2006), Failure to Launch (2010) Marmaduke
Alice Drummond (A.B. 1950) – actress (1990), Awakenings (1994), Nobody's Fool (2008). Doubt
Richard Fleischer (A.B. 1939) – director, (1954), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1952), The Narrow Margin (1966), Fantastic Voyage (1970), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1968), The Boston Strangler (1967), Doctor Dolittle (1975), Mandingo (1973); Soylent Green Academy Award winning documentary producer, (1947) Design for Death
Josh Friedman – screenwriter, , War of the Worlds ; executive producer, The Black Dahlia Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Liz Garbus (A.B. 1992) – Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker, (1998) The Farm: Angola, USA
Davis Guggenheim (1986) – Academy Award winning documentary film director, (2006), An Inconvenient Truth (2009), and It Might Get Loud (2010); film director for Waiting for "Superman" (2007), Gracie (2000) & episodes of Gossip , 24 , Alias , The Shield , ER NYPD Blue
John Hamburg (A.B.) – director, (2009), I Love You, Man (2004); Along Came Polly screenwriter, (2001), Zoolander (2000), Meet the Parents (2004) Meet the Fockers
Hill Harper (A.B. 1988) – actor, (2005), Constellation (2005), Lackawanna Blues (2004) CSI: NY
Todd Haynes (A.B. 1985) – Academy Award nominated writer/director, (2011), Mildred Pierce (2007), I'm Not There (2002), Far from Heaven (1998), Velvet Goldmine (1995) & Safe (1991) Poison
Mark Heyman – screenwriter, Black Swan
Sean Hood – screenwriter, , Halloween: Resurrection , Cursed Cube 2: Hypercube
Ruth Hussey (A.B. 1933) – Academy Award nominated actress, (1940) The Philadelphia Story
Oren Jacoby – Academy Award nominated documentarian, (2008) Constantine's Sword
Rory Kennedy (A.B. 1991) – independent filmmaker, Moxie Firecracker Films, Inc. Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007)
Simon Kinberg – screenwriter, , Sherlock Holmes , Jumper , X-Men: The Last Stand Mr. & Mrs. Smith
John Krasinski (A.B. 2001) – playwright – actor, " The Office", " License to Wed", " Leatherheads"
Ellen Kuras – cinematographer, , Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind , Blow , He Got Game , Summer of Sam Be Kind Rewind
Jonathan Levine (A.B. 2000) – writer/director, (2013), Warm Bodies (2011), 50/50 (2008), The Wackness (2006) All The Boys Love Mandy Lane
Doug Liman (A.B. 1988) – director and producer, " ", The O.C. (2010), Fair Game (2008), Jumper (2005), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2002), The Bourne Identity (2004), The Bourne Supremacy (1999), Go (1996) Swingers
Laura Linney (A.B. 1986) – 3-time Academy Award and 2-time Tony Award nominated actress, , The Big C (2007), The Savages (2007), The Nanny Diaries (2005), The Squid and the Whale (2005), The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2004), Kinsey (2003), Mystic River (2003), Love Actually (2000), You Can Count on Me (1998), The Truman Show (1997), Absolute Power (1997) Primal Fear
Kurt Luedtke (A.B. 1961)- Academy Award winning screenwriter, (1985) Out of Africa
Kátia Lund (A.B. 1989) – co-director, (2002) Cidade de Deus (City of God)
George Macready (A.B., 1921) – actor of film, stage, and television, , Tora! Tora! Tora! Paths of Glory
Eli Marienthal (Class of 2008) – actor, (2004), Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (1999), The Iron Giant (1998) Jack Frost
Ross McElwee (A.B. 1970) – documentary filmmaker, (1986) & Sherman's March (2004) Bright Leaves
Leah Meyerhoff (A.B. 2001) – Student Academy Award nominated writer/director, (2005) Twitch
Tim Blake Nelson (A.B. 1986) – actor, (2012), Lincoln (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2005), Syriana (2002), Minority Report (2000), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (1998); director, The Thin Red Line (2009), Leaves of Grass (2001), O (2001) The Grey Zone
Lorraine Nicholson (2012) - actress, (2011) Soul Surfer
Angela Robinson (A.B. 1992) – director, (2005), Herbie: Fully Loaded , D.E.B.S. (2003 film) D.E.B.S. (2004 film)
Danny Rubin – (A.B.) – screenwriter, Groundhog Day
Michael Showalter (A.B. 1992) – actor/writer/director, (2001), Wet Hot American Summer (2005) and the series The Baxter , The State and Stella Michael & Michael Have Issues
Leelee Sobieski (attended) – actress, (1999), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Never Been Kissed (2000), Here on Earth (2001), Joy Ride (2001), The Glass House (2006), Wicker Man (2007), 88 Minutes (2009); nominated for an Public Enemies Emmy for " " Joan of Arc
Matthew Sussman – actor, documentary filmmaker
Sara Tanaka (A.B. 2000) – actress, (1998), Rushmore (2003), Old School (2004) Imaginary Heroes
Christine Vachon (A.B. 1983), acclaimed independent film producer, (2007), I'm Not There (2006), Infamous (2005), The Notorious Bettie Page (2002), Far From Heaven (2001), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (1999); executive producer, Boys Don't Cry This American Life
Vanessa Vadim (A.B. 1990), independent documentary producer and cinematographer, Quiltmakers of Gee's Bend (2005), Fire in Our House (1995)
Andrew Wagner (A.B. 1985), writer, director, (2007), Starting Out in the Evening (2004) The Talent Given Us
Julie Warner (A.B. 1987), actress, , Doc Hollywood Tommy Boy
Emma Watson (Class of 2013) – actress, the (2001–2011), Harry Potter film series (2007), Ballet Shoes (2008), The Tale of Despereaux (2012). The Perks of Being a Wallflower
JoBeth Williams (A.B. 1970) – actress, , The Big Chill Poltergeist
Television [ edit ]
Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer (A.B. 1991) – actress, , Modern Family , Boston Legal , Ed (1996) Happy Gilmore
Warren Brown – host, Sugar Rush (Food Network)
Jessica Capshaw (A.B. 1998) – actress, , Greys Anatomy , The Practice (2002) Minority Report
Jordan Carlos (A.B. 2001) – comedian, Stephen Colbert's "black friend"
Jude Ciccolella (B.A. 1969) – actor, best known for his role as Mike Novick in 24
Kitty Chen (B.A. 1966) – actress, , writer Law & Order
Aunjanue Ellis (A.B. 1993) – actress, The Mentalist
Robin Green (1967) – Emmy Award winning writer/producer, , The Sopranos Northern Exposure
David Groh – (1961) actor, most notably in Rhoda
Marin Hinkle – actress, , Once and Again Two and a Half Men
Rafe Judkins – contestant on Survivor: Guatemala, television writer
Tina Holmes – (1995) actress, Six Feet Under
Rhonda Ross Kendrick (A.B. 1993) – Daytime Emmy-nominated actress ( ), daughter of Another World Diana Ross
Rory Kennedy (A.B. 1990) – Emmy Award winning documentary producer, director, and writer, American Hollow (1999), Fire in Our House (1995), Ghosts of Abu Ghraib
John Krasinski (A.B. 2002) – actor, , The Office , Leatherheads License to Wed
Clea Lewis (A.B. 1987) – actress, , Ellen Andy Barker, P.I.
Florencia Lozano (B.A. 1992) – actress, One Life to Live
Ian Maxtone-Graham (A.B. 1982.5) – writer, producer, , " The Simpsons " Saturday Night Live
Masi Oka (Sc. B. 1997) – actor, , Heroes , Scrubs , Will and Grace , Gilmore Girls (2008) Get Smart
Tracee Ellis Ross (A.B. 1995), actress ( ), daughter of Girlfriends Diana Ross
Julie Warner (A.B. 1987) – actress , Nip/Tuck , Family Law The Guiding Light
Suzanne Whang (Sc. M. 1986) – , General Hospital ; host Las Vegas HGTV's House Hunters
Sam Trammell (A.B. 1991) – actor True Blood
Bee Vang – actor Gran Torino [80 ]
Theater [ edit ]
Ayad Akhtar (1993), Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Disgraced
Quiara Alegría Hudes (M.F.A. 2004), Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, , Water by the Spoonful ( In the Heights Tony Award winner for Best Musical), Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue
Kate Burton (A.B. 1979) – actress; nominated for three Tony Awards; also on Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Ellis Grey
Nilo Cruz (M.F.A.), Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Anna in the Tropics
Gina Gionfriddo (MFA 1997) – playwright, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, (2009) and Becky Shaw (2013); producer Rapture, Blister, Burn Law and Order
Stephen Karam – playwright, (2006); Speech & Debate Pulitzer Prize finalist, (2012) Sons of the Prophet
James Naughton (A.B. 1967) – actor, two-time Tony Award winner for (1992) and City of Angels (1996); also featured in films such as Chicago (1973), The Paper Chase (1987) and The Glass Menagerie (2006) The Devil Wears Prada
Lynn Nottage (A.B. 1986) – Pulitzer Prize winning, Macarthur fellowship recipient playwright, Ruined
Sarah Ruhl (A.B. 1997, M.F.A 2001) – playwright and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, recipient of the Macarthur fellowship, , The Clean House , Eurydice , Passion Play In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
Burt Shevelove – Tony Award winning playwright, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Alfred Uhry – playwright; Pulitzer Prize, Academy Award & Tony Award winner, , Driving Miss Daisy The Last Night of Ballyhoo
David Yazbek (1982) – Emmy Award winning and Tony Award-nominated writer, musician, composer, and lyricist, (2000), The Full Monty (2005) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2010) Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
John Lloyd Young (A.B. 1998) – actor; Tony Award winner for (2006); lead vocalist, 2007 Grammy-winning "Jersey Boys" album Jersey Boys
Religion [ edit ]
Royalty [ edit ]
Visual arts [ edit ]
Dave Cole (A.B. 2000) – sculptor, visual artist
John Connell (Class of 1962) – sculptor, painter
Barnaby Evans (1975) – creator of the environmental art installation WaterFire
Susan Freedman (A.B. 1982) – president of the Public Art Fund, an arts organization that commissions public installations by established and emerging contemporary visual artists
John G. Haskell, architect of Kansas public buildings including the Kansas State Capitol
Norman Isham (A.B. 1886, M.A. 1890) – Rhode Island historical architect
Clare Johnson (A.B. 2004) – artist and writer
Ken Johnson (art critic) (A.B. 1976) – art critic for the New York Times
Ed Koren (former professor) – writer and illustrator of children's books and political cartoons, most notably in . The New Yorker
Richard Kostelanetz (A.B. 1962) – book-art, audio, video, photography, film, holography, etc.
Paul Laffoley (A.B. 1962) – artist and architect
Maureen Paley (A.B. 1975) – established the first East End gallery in London, represents the work of important contemporary artists
Jeff Shesol (A.B. 1991) – cartoonist, and scriptwriter for Thatch Bill Clinton [81 ]
Taryn Simon – fine art photographer
Scott Snibbe (A.B. 1991, M.Sc. 1994) – Interactive Media Artist [82 ]
Thomas Alexander Tefft (1851) – pioneer American architect
Raymond Hood (1902) – Architect whose works include Tribune Tower in Chicago and Rockefeller Center in New York
Nina Katchadourian (A.B. 1989) - American multimedia artist Dawn Clements (A.B. 1986) - composite artist
Paul Ramirez Jonas (A.B. 1987) - contemporary artist
Saya Woolfalk (A.B. 2001) - American multimedia artist
Sarah Oppenheimer (A.B. 1995) - visual artist and sculptor
Isca Greenfield-Sanders (A.B. 2000) - American artist
Karl Haendel (artist) (A.B. 1998) - American artist Jonathan Ehrenberg (A.B. 1997) - painter, multimedia artist, and professor at
Brown University Elise Ansel (A.B. 1984) - abstract painter
Allison Weise (A.B. 1992) - interdisciplinary artist and professor
David Udris (A.B. 1990) - filmmaker, recently wrote and directed
Human Terrain: War Becomes Academic Michael Udris (A.B. 1991) - filmmaker, visiting professor at
Brown University from 2002 - 2009
Brian Floca (A.B. 1991) - author and book illustrator Jay Stuckey (A.B. 1990) - painter and abstract artist
Matthew Rich (A.B. 1998) - geometric painter
Shana Lutker (A.B. 2000) - conceptual artist
Heather Darcy Bhandari (A.B. 1997) - artist, curator, and adjunct professor at
Brown University Caroline Lathan-Steifel (A.B. 1989) - sculpture artist
Keith Mayerson (A.B. 1988) - artist and author
Gedi Sibbony (A.B. 1995) - minimalist sculpture artist
Kerry Tribe (A.B. 1997) - film, video, and installation artist
Susan Lichtman Rehoboth (A.B. 1978) - painter
Athletics [ edit ]
Auto racing [ edit ]
Baseball [ edit ]
Basketball [ edit ]
Don Colo (1950) – professional American football player, 3-time Pro Bowl selection who played for the Cleveland Browns [95 ]
John W. Heisman (Class of 1891) – college American football player and coach; namesake of the Heisman Trophy [96 ]
Steve Jordan (Sc.B. 1982) – professional American football player, 6-time All-Pro tight end who played for the Minnesota Vikings [97 ]
Sean Morey – Special Teams Captain of 2005 Super Bowl XL Champion Pittsburgh Steelers [98 ]
Bill O'Brien (A.B. 1992) – Assistant Football Coach and Offensive Coordinator of the New England Patriots, Head Coach for Penn State (2012–) [99 ]
Joe Paterno (A.B. 1950) – Head Coach for Penn State (1966–2011), former all-time winningest Division I football coach [100 ]
Fritz Pollard (A.B. 1919) – first black All-American halfback; first black National Football League head coach; inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame [101 ]
Edward North Robinson (1896) – American football coach at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Brown, Tufts, Boston University, and for the Providence Steam Roller, member of the College Football Hall of Fame [102 ]
Wallace Wade (1917) – American football coach at the University of Alabama and then Duke, member of the College Football Hall of Fame; namesake of Duke's football stadium [103 ]
Zak DeOssie (2007) – American Football, Linebacker and Long Snapper for the NY Giants, 2-time Pro Bowl selection (2008, 2010) [104 ]
John Harris-Co-host of the Sean and John Show on 1560 the Game, Houston, Texas [105 ]
Olympics [ edit ]
Helen Johns Carroll (A.B. 1936) – freestyle swimmer, U.S. Olympic Gold medalist in the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.
Kathleen Kauth (2001) – ice hockey player, Olympic Bronze medalist
Katie King (1997) – ice hockey player, Olympic Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalist
Xeno Müller – Swiss rower, Olympic gold (1996) and silver (2000) medalist in the single scull
Albina Osipowich Van Aiken (A.B. 1933) – freestyle swimmer, won two gold medals for the U.S. in 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Jimmy Pedro (A.B. 1994) – most decorated American Judo athlete; Judo World Champion (1999); two-time Olympic bronze medalist ( 1996, 2004)
Alicia Sacramone, (2010), 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing, U.S. Women's Gymnastic Team Silver Medal
Norman Taber (1913) – track and field athlete, member of the 1912 Olympic gold medal-winning 3,000-m relay team
Anna Willard (2006)- 2008 Olympic qualifier 3000m steeplechase, American record holder in 3000m steeplechase [106 ]
Joanna Zeiger (1992) – Fourth in inaugural Olympic Women's Triathlon, 2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney; Olympic Trial Qualifier in 3 sports – Marathon, Triathlon and Swimming.
Other sports [ edit ]
Colonial Era Brown Graduates (1769–1783) [ edit ]
Unclassified [ edit ]
Notable faculty (current and former) [ edit ]
Nigerian novelist, poet, professor and critic. Author of
Things Fall Apart, the most widely read book in modern African literature.
David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies
Ghanaian novelist and playwright
Visiting Professor of Africana Studies and Literary Arts
Archaeologist, MacArthur Award recipient
Professor of Classics, Director of the Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
literary critic and author of
Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel
Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Comparative Literature, English, Modern Culture & Media, and Gender Studies
American mathematician specializing in geometry. He is very well known for his research in differential geometry in three and four dimensions.
Professor of Mathematics
Mark F.Bear (Ph.D, Brown University)
neuroscientist. Author of one of the world's most widely used neuroscience introductory textbooks. Since 2003, the head of the MIT Brain Lab. Part of the 10-member jury, the Champalimaud Vision Award, bestowed by the
discovered third photoreceptor in the eye (in addition to rods and cones)
Professor of Medical Science, Associate Professor of Neuroscience
winner of the
Pulitzer Prize 1994 for investigative reporting
Visiting Professor of English
former president of Brazil
Professor-at-large of International Studies
Republican member of the United States Senate
Distinguished Visiting Fellow in International Relations
famous philosopher known for his contributions to
epistemology, metaphysics, free will, and the philosophy of perception; influenced a generation of Brown philosophers including Jaegwon Kim and Ernest Sosa, two of the world's most famous philosophers.
international lawyer, father of peacekeeping doctrine since the Cold War
Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies faculty member
Nobel Prize in Physics 1972; father of superconductivity, and developer of the BCM theory of synaptic plasticity in neuroscience
Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Professor of Physics
Spanking the Maid, The Origin of the Brunists; notable for his metafiction; electronic literature pioneer
T. B. Stowell University Professor, Adjunct Professor of English
Professor of English
applied mathematician and philosopher of mathematics; co-author of
The Mathematical Experience
Professor Emeritus of Applied Mathematics
medical researcher developing vaccines for infectious diseases including
HIV, TB, West Nile virus, smallpox, and tularemia 'Associate Professor of Community Health
Cyberkinetics, a company that won FDA approval to test brain/robot interfaces (such as BrainGate) on humans
Professor and Chair of Neuroscience
geriatrician, author of "A Day in the Life of Oscar the Cat", the
New England Journal of Medicine article which described the purported abilities of Oscar the cat to predict imminent death.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
an authority on the theory of plasticity in the field of applied mechanics; recipient of the
National Medal of Science, the Timoshenko Medal, the ASME Medal, and the Drucker Medal, of which he is the namesake.
philosopher noted for
philosophy of mind and aesthetics; influenced Roderick Chisholm; former president of the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division.
epidemiologist and addictionologist, author of "Drugs and the Whole Person"
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Professor of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences
a major contributor to the fields of
sexology, biology of gender, sexual identity, gender identity, and gender roles.
writer; widely considered the most influential author of the Spanish speaking world since
Jorge Luis Borges
economic growth; developer of the Unified growth theory.
Herbert H.Goldberger Professor of Economics
poet, author of
Eye Against Eye, Torn Awake, Whiting Writers' Award and Howard Foundation Award winner
Professor of English and Comparative Literature
mathematician, originator of the
Pattern Theory in mathematics, which also influenced David Mumford
L.Herbert Ballou University Professor
physicist; (co-)discoverer of the
Higgs mechanism, Sakurai Prize winner
Chancellor's Professor of Physics
economist, co-originator of the
Schumpeterian Paradigm with Philippe Aghion
Poet Laureate of the State of Rhode Island
Professor of English
planetary geologist who trained
Apollo astronauts and led imaging teams for NASA's interplanetary unmanned probes, from the Viking program to Mars
Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences
anthropologist, foremost anthropological researcher and scholar in field of alcohol studies.
Research Professor of Anthropology
broker of the
Dayton Accords; former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
Professor-at-Large of International Studies
archeologist, expert on Mayan hieroglyphics, recipient of the
Professor of Anthropology
historian, anthropologist, author of
The Kidnapping of and Edgardo Mortara Prisoner of the Vatican
Provost, Paul Dupee, Jr. University Professor of Social Science, Professor of Anthropology, and Professor of Italian Studies
Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev
Senior Fellow in International Studies
philosopher of mind, action theorist, author of
Mind in a Physical World
William Herbert Perry Faunce Professor of Philosophy
Kosterlitz-Thouless transition (Condensed Matter Physics); winner of the 1981 Maxwell Medal and Prize, and the 2000 Onsager Prize (one of the APS main awards)
Professor of Physics
Listening to Prozac, Against Depression
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Achieved chemist who was consultant for the
Manhattan Project and won the Priestley Medal and Franklin Medal.
linguist; known for publishing the first linguistic atlas of the US
Linguistic Atlas of New England, winning the Loubat Prize, and for being the first main editor of the Middle English Dictionary
former president of
Professor-at-large of International Studies
Barbadian author, "In the Castle of My Skin", "Natives of My Person"
Visiting Professor of Africana Studies and Literary Arts
Advisor to the
United States Treasury, Federal Reserve System, and World Bank; highly cited economist, ranked 10th in the world, according to RePEc
James and Merryl Tisch Professor of Economics
addictions specialist and authority on drug policy
Donald G. Miller Distinguished Professor of Alcohol and Addiction
Once regarded as 'one of the most prominent black conservatives in the nation' now considered much more 'progressive.'
Professor of Economics
former member of the
US Council of Economic Advisers
evolution involved in numerous public debates and trials about the teaching of intelligent design in schools
Professor of Biology
economist that researched into
financial market fragility; his theories are considered the most accurate description of the financial crisis; namesake of the Minsky moment
noted political scientist for his work on health politics, popular participation, morality in politics, and on political development
Fields Medal winning mathematician, MacArthur Fellow
Professor of Applied Mathematics
Professor of Music (retired)
historian of mathematics
Professor of the History of Mathematics
Foundations of Differential Geometry (1963, 1969)
Professor of Mathematics (1960–1995)
The Fragility of Goodness while teaching at Brown
Professor of Philosophy (1985~1995)
Norwegian-born physicist who taught at Brown (1928–1933); Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1968 awarded for Onsager reciprocal relations, produced while at Brown but was not tenured.
conductor, composer, and world's leading scholar on the music of author
Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music
Professor of the History of Mathematics and of Classics, MacArthur Fellow (1981)
President of the
Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis (1998–Present); Served on Reagan's White House Council of Economic Advisors [107 ]
Herbert H. Goldberger Professor of Economics (1974–1998)
Professor of Classics and History
Modern Language Association; author, The Rise and Fall of English; co-author, The Nature of Narrative
Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of Modern Culture and Media
author of well-known computer science book
Algorithms; board of directors, Adobe Systems
Professor of Computer Science (1975~85)
computer scientist, best known for algorithmic research in combinatorial optimization and artificial intelligence
Nobel Prize in Economics, for developing empirical and scientific methods into economic research.
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for discovering the genetic bases of immunological reactions
Teacher in Biology (1930~1931)
Number theorist, co-founder of
NTRU Cryptosystems, Inc.
Professor of Mathematics
Nobel Prize in Economics, on the influence of government regulation on the economy
Professor of Economics (1946~1947)
co-discoverer of PCC (pyridinium chlorochromate), nick-named in Organic Chemistry as 'Corey's reagent'
Peggy and Fred in Hell
Professor of Modern Culture and Media
Visiting Professor in Theology
computer graphics and hypertext pioneer, and co-founder of ACM SICGRAPH, precursor to SIGGRAPH Thomas J. Watson, Jr. University Professor of Technology and Education,
Professor of Computer Science, former (and first) Vice President for Research
Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, How I Learned to Drive
Adele Kellenberg Seaver Professor of English
founder of the
Chinese Democratic Party
Visiting Senior Fellow in International Studies
author of multiple books including
Digital Government and Cross Talk; developer of website www.InsidePolitics.org; vice president and director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution [108 ]
John Hazen White Professor of Public Policy and Political Science and director of the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy
writer (two time
PEN/Faulkner Award winner), Philadelphia Fire
Asa Messer Professor and Professor of Africana Studies and Literary Arts
Pulitzer Prize for History winner, The Radicalism of the American Revolution
Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History
String Light; Macarthur fellowship winner (2004)
Israel J. Kapstein Professor of English
political philosopher, formerly a professor at the
University of Chicago School of Law, famous for critique of Rawlsian liberalism.
Duncan Macmillian Professor of Philosophy
famous primatologist, former director of the
Washington Zoo and editor of The Rhino with Glue-on Shoes
Presidents of Brown University [ edit ]
Trustees of Brown University [ edit ]
Frank E. Winsor (Ph.B. 1892, A.M. 1896, Sc.D. 1929) Civil Engineer
Alain J.P. Belda Chairman of the Board & CEO of Alcoa
Thomas W. Berry (A.B. 1969, Brown; M.B.A., Harvard Graduate School of Business) Investment Banker
Mark S. Blumenkranz (A.B., M.S. 1976, M.D. 1976, Brown) Chairman of Department of Ophthalmology, Stanford School of Medicine
Julie N. Brown
James J. Burke, Jr. (A.B. 1973, Brown; M.B.A. 1979, Harvard Graduate School of Business) Investment Banker, Stonington Partners
Spencer R. Crew (A.B. 1971, M.A. 1973, Ph.D. 1979, Brown) CEO, National Underground Railroad Center
Charles M. Davis (A.B. 1982) Chairman & CEO, Fandango
Cornelia Dean (A.B., magna cum laude, 1969, Brown; M.A. 1981, Boston University) Science Editor, New York Times
Katherine G. Farley (A.B. 1971, Brown; M.Arch. 1976, Harvard Graduate School of Design) Senior Managing Director, Tishman Speyer
Richard Friedman (A.B. 1979, Brown; M.B.A. 1981, University of Chicago) Co-Head of Merchant Banking, Goldman Sachs & Co.
Fredric B. Garonzik (A.B. 1964, Brown) Advisory Director, Goldman Sachs Group
Martin J. Granoff (L.H.D. Honoris causa 2006, Brown) Textile company owner
Cathy Frank Halstead (B.A., New York University) President, Sideny Frank Importing Co.
Galen V. Henderson (M.D. 1993, Brown) Professor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School
H. Anthony Ittleson (A.B. 1960, Brown) Chairman & President, The Ittleson Foundation
Bobby Jindal (Sc.B. 1992, Brown) Governor, Louisiana
Debra L. Lee (A.B. 1976, Brown; M.P.P. 1980, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; J.D. Harvard Law School) President & COO, BET Holdings, Inc.
Karen M. Levy (A.B., honors, Brown; J.D. 1977, New York University School of Law)
Frederick Lippitt (A.B. 1939, Yale; J.D. 1946, Yale Law School) Political figure and philanthropist
Matthew J. Mallow (A.B. 1964, Brown; J.D. 1967, New York University) Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Samuel M. Mencoff (A.B. 1978, Brown) Partner, Madison Dearborn Partners, Inc.
Annette L. Nazareth (A.B. 1978, Brown) United States Securities & Exchange Commission commissioner
Srihari S. Naidu (Sc.B. 1993, Brown; M.D. 1997, Brown) Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Treatment Center, Winthrop University Hospital
Jonathan M. Nelson (A.B. 1977, Brown) CEO, Providence Equity Partners, Inc.
Kenneth J. O'Keefe (A.B. 1976, Brown)
George S. Parker II (A.B. 1951, Brown) CEO/President of the Parker Pen Company 1966–86; besides being a trustee of Brown, also a trustee of Wisconsin's Beloit College.
Theresia G. Ranzetta (A.B. 1990, Brown) Managing Partner, Accel Partners
Alison S. Ressler (A.B., magna cum laude, 1980, Brown; J.D. 1983, Columbia University Law School) Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell
Carmen Garcia Rodriguez (A.B. 1983, Brown; J.D. 1986, Columbia University School of Law)
Eric L. Rodriguez (A.B. 2008, Brown) Political Advisor
Hannelore Rodriguez-Farrar (A.B. 1987, A.M. 1990, Brown) Ph.D. candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Ralph F. Rosenberg (A.B. 1986, Brown) Managing Partner, R6 Capital Management
Charles M. Royce (A.B. 1961, Brown; M.B.A. 1963, Columbia University) President & Chief Investment Officer, Royce & Associates, LLC
Eileen M. Rudden (A.B. 1972, Brown) Technology Sector Advisor
Joan Wernig Sorensen (A.B. 1972, Brown) Development and Public Relations
Laurinda Hope Spear (B.F.A. 1972, Brown) Architect
Anita V. Spivey (A.B. 1974, Brown; J.D. Georgetown) Attorney
Barry Sternlicht (A.B., magna cum laude with honors, 1960, Brown; M.B.A., with distinction, Harvard Business School) Chairman & CEO, Starwood Capital Group
Marta Tienda (B.A. 1972, Michigan State University; Ph.D. 1977, University of Texas-Austin) Maurice P. During '22 Professor in Demographic Studies & Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University
Thomas J. Tisch (A.B. 1976, Brown; J.D. 1979, New York University) Managing Partner, Four Partners
Ambassador William H. Twaddell (A.B. 1963, Brown)
Jerome C. Vascellaro (A.B. 1974, Brown; M.B.A., Harvard Business School) Partner, Texas Pacific Group
Peter S. Voss (A.B. 1968, Brown) Chairman & CEO, IXIS Asset Management Group
William P. Wood (A.B. 1978, Brown) Co-founder, Austin Ventures
Honoris Causa Laureates [ edit ]
Stephen Gano ( M.A., 1800)
Frederick Lippitt (LL.D.]], 1977)
Joseph R. Weisberger ( LL.D., 1992)
Johnnetta B. Cole ( L.H.D., 1992) Professor Sir
John Huxtable Elliott (1996)
Miguel León-Portilla (1996)
José E. Mindlin (1996)
William Sturtevant ( L.H.D., 1996)
Brian Dickinson ( L.H.D., 1999)
John Glenn ( LL.D., 1999)
John Hume ( LL.D., 1999)
Ruth Kirschstein ( D.M.S., 1999) H.M.
Queen Noor of Jordan ( L.H.D., 1999)
Romano Prodi ( LL.D., 1999)
William J. Raspberry ( L.H.D., 1999)
Steven Spielberg ( L.H.D., 1999)
Julia V. Taft ( L.H.D., 1999)
Madeleine Korbel Albright ( LL.D., 2001)
Kofi Annan ( LL.D., 2001)
Sheila Blumstein ( Sc.D., 2001)
Demetrios Christodoulou ( Sc.D., 2001)
Oskar Eustis ( D.F.A., 2001)
Margaret H. Marshall ( LL.D., 2001)
Lorrin A. Riggs ( Sc.D., 2001)
Philip Roth ( Litt.D., 2001)
Lawrence M. Small ( L.H.D., 2001)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg ( LL.D., 2002)
Mikhail Gorbachev ( LL.D., 2003)
Christo ( D.F.A., 2005)
Jeanne-Claude ( D.F.A., 2005)
David Eggers ( Litt.D., 2005)
Sidney Frank ( L.H.D., 2005)
Wesley Huntress ( Sc.D., 2005)
Mary-Claire King ( D.M.S., 2005)
Phylicia Rashad ( D.F.A., 2005)
William R. Rhodes ( L.H.D., 2005)
Sima Samar ( L.H.D., 2005)
Philip A. Smith ( D.D., 2005)
Geoffrey Canada ( L.H.D., 2006)
Juliet V. Garcia ( L.H.D., 2006)
Martin J. Granoff ( L.H.D., 2006)
Kay Redfield Jamison ( D.M.S., 2006)
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala ( LL.D., 2006)
Friedrich St.Florian ( D.F.A., 2006)
Suniti Solomon ( D.M.S., 2006)
Paul A. Volcker ( L.H.D., 2006)
Stanley Aronson ( D.M.S., 2007)
Chris Berman ( L.H.D., 2007)
Kate Burton ( D.F.A., 2007)
B.B. King ( D.Mus., 2007)
Craig Mello ( Sc.D., 2007)
Samantha Power ( L.H.D., 2007)
Scott Cowen ( LL.D., 2007)
Norman Francis ( LL.D., 2007)
Marvalene Hughes ( LL.D., 2007)
Robert Redford ( D.F.A., 2008)
Edwidge Danticat ( Litt.D., 2008)
Judith Jamison ( D.F.A., 2008)
Matthew J. Mallow ( L.H.D., 2008)
Shih Choon Fong ( Sc.D., 2008)
Wendy J. Strothman ( L.H.D., 2008)
Maria T. Zuber ( Sc.D., 2008)
Richard C. Barker A.B. 1957, L.H.D., 2009
Mary Elmendorf, L.H.D., 2009
Jerry Fishman, Sc.D., 2009
Jessie Gruman, L.H.D., 2009
Jim Yong Kim, (A.B. 1982), D.M.S., 2009
David Saltzman (A.B. 1984), L.H.D., 2009
Fareed Zakaria, LL.D., 2009
Fictitious alumni and faculty [ edit ]
Josiah Carberry – Professor of Psychoceramics (the study of cracked pots), who was created as a joke in 1929 and who has become a tradition at Brown. On every Friday the 13th, cracked pots are left around the Brown campus for students to deposit their pocket change. The money goes to support the Brown University library. Traditionally, Brown alums everywhere send their pocket change to the library on Friday the 13th. There is an organization of alums called "Friends of Josiah" that meets for dinner on the Brown campus on Friday the 13th. Sean Alvarez, (played by
Andre DaSilva), honest stock broker and murder victim on , 2000 episode "Trade This" (season 11), Law & Order produced by [109 ] Jeffrey L. Hayes, Brown '66. Sabrina Anderson / Sabrina Jordan, (played by
Spencer Locke) – young woman held hostage during a robbery who, as a result, must enter witness protection and will not be able to go to Brown where her old friends will recognize her, on – 2010 (season 3) episode "WitSec Stepmother" In Plain Sight [110 ] Sam Arsenault, (played by
James Naughton, Brown '67) – guest villain on (2006–7). In one episode, he sings Damages at a cocktail party, telling the guests he sang it with the Danny Boy Jabberwocks when he was an undergraduate student at Brown. Jim was, in fact, a member of the Jabberwocks when he was an undergraduate at Brown.
Ann August (played by Natalie Portman) – central character in ; daughter of Adele August (played by Anywhere but Here Susan Sarandon). Ann applies and is accepted to Brown, much to her mother's dismay over the distance.
Cliff Calley, (played by Mark Feuerstein) – Senate Majority Counsel on . The West Wing [111 ]
Clippy – Microsoft Office Assistant represented as an animated paperclip, who, according to his résumé, has a degree in art– semiotics from Brown, where he "graduated with a performing arts thesis that involved twisting myself into a representation of cum laude Michelangelo's " David Laura Donnellon, (played by Tracy Lynn Middendorf) – guest drug addict who drops out of Brown on
, episode The Guardian (TV series) Hazel Park, in 2003.
Amy Gardner (played by Mary-Louise Parker) – women's rights activist and later Chief of Staff to the First Lady Abbey Bartlet in the television series . Gardner was asked by the First Lady where she got "such a smart mouth", to which Gardner quickly replied "Brown." The West Wing
Brian Griffin (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) – erudite, alcoholic dog from the animated television series ; dropped out one class short of graduating; re-enrolls and fails in the episode " Family Guy Brian Goes Back to College" Joy - the wealthy nomad
Don Draper meets in (season 2, episode 11) took a literature survey course at Pembroke College Mad Men: "The Jet Set" Nick Mercer (played by
Dermot Mulroney) – a male escort hired by Kat Ellis (played by Debra Messing) to be her date to her sister's wedding in the film . Mercer graduated from Brown with a degree in The Wedding Date Comparative Literature.
Otto Mann (voiced by Harry Shearer) – bus driver from the animated television series , who claims to have almost received The Simpsons tenure as a professor at Brown in one of Lisa Simpson's dream sequences Imani Morehouse (played by
Nicole Beharie) – district attorney on The Good Wife (TV series) Jack Morgan – lead detective in the
Private detective series written by and James Patterson . Maxine Paetro Jonathan "Mox" Moxon (played by
James Van Der Beek) – main character of the film , the tormented replacement quarterback for his small-town Texas high school football team must devote himself to football and become a hero despite just wanting to sit on the bench and read Varsity Blues Kurt Vonnegut. Receives acceptance to Brown, but his coach blackmails him to play football by threatening to ruin his transcript Michael O'Neal (played by
Dermot Mulroney) – main character of the film Dermot Mulroney played another fictitious Brown graduate, Nick Mercer, in the film My Best Friend's Wedding. Maybe Brown should give him an honorary degree? The Wedding Date. Julianne Potter (played by
Julia Roberts) – main character of the film and her "best friend" Michael O'Neal (played by My Best Friend's Wedding Dermot Mulroney), who met and made their marriage pact while attending Brown
Audrey Raines (played by Kim Raver) – Jack Bauer's lover and Inter-Agency Liaison in the U.S. Department of Defense in the television series ; earned an A.M. in 24 public policy from Brown
Elliot Reid in the television series ; revealed in the episode " Scrubs My Turf War" that she and her sorority sister Melody O'Hara attended Brown
Monica Reyes (played by Annabeth Gish) – FBI Special agent in the television series , who studied The X-Files folklore and mythology at Brown
Andrea Sachs – The main character in the 2003 novel by The Devil Wears Prada Lauren Weisberger. However, in the film version, Sachs is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Ryder Smith (played by George Hamilton) – leading man in a 1960 movie about spring break in Ft Lauderdale, shown during exam week on the Brown campus. Where the Boys Are
Jessica Stein (played by Jennifer Westfeldt) – titular character of the film Kissing Jessica Stein
Eileen Stevens – mom on Even Stevens Jaye Tyler (played by
Caroline Dhavernas) – snarky souvenir store clerk and main character of the television series , who studied Wonderfalls philosophy at Brown Bridget "Bee" Vreeland – from the novel series
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Bill Wentz (played by Jack Noseworthy) – U.S. Navy radioman in the film , who studied U-571 German at Brown
Seth Cohen (played by Adam Brody) and his girlfriend Summer Roberts (played by Rachel Bilson) – in the television series both applied to Brown and had interviews with the admissions tutor from Brown. In a few episodes, both were seen competing to gain more extracurricular activities to add to their C.V. hopefully to increase their chances to Brown. Ultimately however, Seth was rejected and Summer was accepted. The O.C.
Linda (played by Marisa Tomei) and Andrew (played by Allen Covert) are Brown alums in the movie . Linda is Adam Sandler's girlfriend, and Andrew has been Linda's best friend since they dated at Brown. Andrew emasculates Sandler by forcing him to admit that he attended Anger Management Trenton Community College, asking "where did you go to school again?" In another scene, Andrew tells Linda that "I rented out the entire sports bar. I thought it would be fun if it was just us Brown alums." He also tries to drum up their old romance by saying, "Do you remember back at Brown when we went up to see the Red Sox game?" In the movie, Sandler describes a Red Sox bra as "represent[ing] everything that I hate." Jack Nicholson, whose character went to Columbia University, reinforces the New York v. New England/Brown motif when he tells Sandler "Andrew is gonna try and recreate those hotsy-totsy nights up at Brown U."
– As Good as It Gets Jack Nicholson's publicist mentions her son got into Brown. Nicholson is indifferent because he has an antisocial personality.
Bill Buchanan from the TV series has an English degree from Brown. 24 George Gammell Angell, great-uncle of the narrator of HP Lovecraft's
, professor of Semitic Languages at Brown University. The Call of Cthulhu Marina Thwaite, Danielle Minkoff and Julian Clarke, characters from
Claire Messud's 2006 novel The Emperor's Children, were all friends at Brown University. In the CW TV show
Gossip Girl episode entitled "Poison Ivy", Serena van der Woodsen's ( Blake Lively) mother attended Brown University. Her father went to Harvard University. Christine Everhart (played by
Leslie Bibb), 2008 Iron Man film: A Vanity Fair columnist who questions and interrogates Stark about his weapons industry, claiming that his company is killing people. Stark asks if she attended Berkeley, but she corrects him and says "Brown, actually." Later, she appears again, to tell Stark of the Ten Rings in Gulmira and at the end, suspecting Stark of being Iron Man. In
Hamlet 2, the main character, a drama teacher assumes a Latino student is a gangster. In actuality, his father is an accomplished author and he gained early admission to Brown.
Nora Clark (played by Jenna Dewan) – in the movie Step Up (film), Nora reveals to Tyler Gage (played by Channing Tatum) that she had been accepted to Brown University, but tells him she does not want to go and wants to pursue her passion for dancing instead. Nell Kellner (played by
Tricia Vessey) – in the movie Coming Soon, Nell gets accepted to Brown University at the end of the film when she reveals that her father had donated a large sum of money to the school. Donna Keppel (played by
Brittany Snow) – protagonist of the movie Prom Night (2008 film) was accepted to Brown, but has doubts of going because of being separated from her boyfriend. Eric van der Woodsen – in the book series
Gossip Girl written by Cecily von Ziegesar, Eric is a student at Brown University. Norah Silverberg (played by
Kat Dennings) – female protagonist and love interest of Nick O'Leary (played by Michael Cera) in the movie Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist; she tells Nick she was accepted to Brown University. Courtney, April and Monica – in the movie
Ninja Cheerleaders, Courtney (played by Trishelle Cannatella), April (played by Ginny Weirick) and Monica (played by Maitland McConnell) get accepted to Brown and attend the school at the end of the film. Jane Weston (played by
Amy Smart) – in the movie Outside Providence (film), Jane gets accepted to Brown University and attends the school at the end of the film. Nick Lipton (played by
Zach Braff, making his feature film debut) – in the movie Manhattan Murder Mystery. Nick is the son of protagonists Larry Lipton (played by Woody Allen) and Carol Lipton (played by Diane Keaton), and makes a brief appearance when he visits his parents over a college break. Sophie Hall (played by
Amanda Seyfried) – in the movie Letters to Juliet, Sophie tells Charlie Wyman, played by Chris Egan, that she went to Brown and she double majored with a minor in Latin (Brown does not offer minors, only concentrations). Turanga Munda, the mother of the character Turanga Leela in
Futurama, has a degree in exolinguistics from Brown [112 ] In a
Foghorn Leghorn cartoon called Raw! Raw! Rooster!, a character named Rhode Island Red sings, "Who got kicked from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Brown?" In a [[Futurama]] episode called [[The Mutants Are Revolting]], Brown University lies in the sewers of New New York and is called an "institution of lower learning."
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