A J Brown is John F Kearney Professor of Public Law at Griffith University one of Australia’s leading public law and political science scholars.
Born and raised in Canberra, and educated at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Dr Brown has worked as a senior investigator for the Commonwealth Ombudsman, as associate to Justice G E ‘Tony’ Fitzgerald AC, President of the Queensland Court of Appeal, and as a ministerial policy advisor in the Queensland Government.
Dr Brown is the foundation lead researcher of the Australian Research Council-funded Australian Constitutional Values Survey, and has been project leader of the world’s largest empirical research project into public interest whistleblowing, Whistling While They Work (2005-2009).
Most research for the biography on Michael Kirby, which began in 2003, was completed under a Griffith University Research Fellowship and Visiting Fellowship with the ANU College of Law, in 2005-2008.
Dr Brown is now based in the Griffith Law School on Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus.