Sarah Brown joined The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2015. In 2022, she became news editor, where she helps oversee daily news coverage and coordinates the reporting internship program.
In more than six years as a reporter, Sarah wrote about Title IX and colleges’ handling of sexual assault and harassment, whether higher ed is really committed to racial equity, and how mental-health struggles are derailing students, academically and otherwise. In addition to campus culture, she covered enrollment challenges, financial turmoil, leadership controversies, and the connection between education and health.
Sarah’s bylines have appeared in The New York Times and other newspapers, and she makes regular broadcast-media appearances for The Chronicle, including on C-SPAN, St. Louis Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, WBUR (Boston), and KUOW (Seattle).
Sarah studied journalism and political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but she likes to say that she really graduated from The Daily Tar Heel, where she was a reporter and editor all four years.
Stories by this Author
A Leadership Crisis Festers at New Mexico State U.Stanford’s president apologizes to speaker after students disrupt his talk; the latest take on Penn law school’s Amy Wax; and more.
Race on Campus
This Conservative Activist Wants to Eliminate Public Colleges’ DEI Initiatives. We Asked Why.In higher ed, inclusion “often means excluding anyone who doesn’t kowtow to prevailing orthodoxy,” says Ilya Shapiro of the Manhattan Institute.
Public Colleges in Oklahoma Must Account for ‘Every Dollar’ Spent on Diversity Over the Past 10 YearsThe action is the latest example of heightened interest by a Republican state official in documenting, and potentially curbing, colleges’ efforts to promote equity and inclusion.
Race on Campus
A High-Demand Major With a Diversity ProblemNursing faculty members and students are predominantly white. Some say they need better preparation to care for an increasingly diverse population.
What the Election Results Mean for Higher EdIf Republicans maintain their slight edge in the race for the House of Representatives, look for an uptick in scrutiny of student-debt relief, Title IX, and other higher-ed issues.
College Is a Dividing Line in Politics. Here’s What You Need to Know.In the past three elections, the gap has widened between voters with college degrees and voters without them.
This Professor Joined a Sorority. Now She’s Written a Book About the Enduring Appeal of Greek Life.Jana Mathews describes what she learned about the power of same-sex friendships in fraternities and sororities.
Public-University Curricula Are ‘Government Speech,’ Florida SaysThe state was responding to a lawsuit against the “Stop WOKE” Act, which bars public colleges from promoting “divisive concepts” about race and sex.
Professors, It’s Time to ‘Rate Your Campus Admin’It’s not totally clear whether this new website is supposed to be funny or serious. The faculty member behind it says it’s both.
A Survival Syllabus
She Was Denied Tenure at Harvard. But She’s Not Done Fighting for Change in Academe.Lorgia García Peña, an acclaimed Latinx-studies professor, tries to find hope after a traumatic experience.