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President-Elect, Asbury University
Formerly Associate Dean and Associate Professor

About Kevin Brown

On May 31, 2019, Asbury University’s Board of Trustees announced that Kevin Brown has been elected to serve as the University’s 18th president. Read more about the presidential announcement.

Before arriving at Asbury University in the fall of 2013, Dr. Kevin Brown spent four years teaching Business at Anderson University in Central Indiana. Prior to that, he worked for nearly a decade at Wells Fargo Bank, spending the last four years there as a market president.

Brown’s formal education includes an undergraduate degree and an MBA from the University of Indianapolis along with two degrees from institutions in Scotland—an MA of Letters from St. Andrews University and a PhD from the University of Glasgow. Brown is married to Maria and they have three children. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as reading, exercising and camping with his family.

Degrees:

PhD, University of Glasgow, Scotland
December 5th, 2011

DISSERTATION: The Economics and Ethics of Residential Integration—a joint study between the School of Social and Political Science (Urban Studies) and School of Critical Studies (Political Philosophy). NOTE: Successfully defended on December 5th, 2011

MLitt, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Summer 2008

THESIS: Contemporary Theological Critiques of Capitalism and the Implications for the Christian Practice of Giving.  Thesis marked as “High Merit” August 2008.

MBA, University of Indianapolis
Summer 2002

BS, University of Indianapolis
Spring 2000

Book Publications:

Brown, Kevin J. An Inquiry into the Economics and Ethics of Residential Integration. Diss. University of Glasgow, 2011. Print.

Brown, Kevin, and Michael Wiese. Work That Matters: Bridging the Divide between Work and Worship. Lexington, KY: Aldersgate in Collaboration with Emeth, 2013. Print.

Brown, Kevin J. “Welfare and Well-being: Ethnic Diversity and Segregation in US Housing,” in The International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home, edited by Smith, SJ; Elsinga, M.; Fox-O’Mahony, L; Ong, SE; Wachter, S., Elsevier (in press).

Brown, K. J. (2015). A Christian Conception of Markets. Franklin, TN: Seedbed Publishing.

Brown, K., & Kinghorn, K. (2015). Chapter Two: The Theological Impetus for Social Entrepreneurship. In W. a. The Office of Faith (Ed.), The Social Entrepreneur: The Business of Changing the World (pp. 15-26). Franklin, TN: Seedbed Publishing.

Brown, K., Kinghorn, K., & Mucherera, T. (2015). Chapter Three: What Wesleyan Social Entrepreneurship Looks Like. In W. a. The Office of Faith (Ed.), The Social Entrepreneur: The Business of Changing the World (pp. 27-38). Franklin, TN: Seedbed Publishing.

Bosch, D., Brown, K., & Gill, M. (2015). Chapter Five: Getting Started with Social Entrepreneurship: How to Write a Business Plan. In W. a. The Office of Faith (Ed.), The Social Entrepreneur: The Business of Changing the World (pp. 55-70). Franklin, TN: Seedbed Publishing.

Brown, K. J. (2016). Designed for Good: Recovering the Idea, Language, and Practice of Virtue. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers.

Brown, K. J. (2017). Navigating the Efficient and the Faithful: J’s Place. In J. W. Moon, Social Entrepreneurship: Case Studies. Digi-Books.

Peer Reviewed Journal/Editor Reviewed Publications:

Brown, K. (2010). The Economics and Ethics of Mixed Communities: Exploring the Philosophy of Integration Through the Lens of the Submprime Financial Crisis in the US. Journal of Business Ethics, 97(1), 35-50.

Brown, K. (2012). Illusion, Reality, and the Pursuit of Justice. eSharp, 19, 182-202.

Brown, K. (2013). A Neo-Rawlsian Approach to Residential Integration. Social Inclusion, 1(1), 72-83.

Brown, K., & Stoddart, E. (2014). Viewing Mount Laurel from Mount Zion: Theological Reflections on Social Integration. International Journal of Public Theology, 8(2), 176-200.

Brown, K. (2014, September). Capitalism and the Common Good: How to Gear the Free Market so that People Flourish. Christianity Today, pp. 60-64.

Brown, K., & Wiese, M. (2014, August). Work as Worship. Christian Business Review, 24-30.

Brown, K. J. (2014). Spontaneous Order and the Imago Dei. Journal of Bibical Integration in Business, 17, 71-74. (*NOTE: Award Winning Essay)

Bosch, D., Brown, K., & Gill, M. (2015). Broadening the Business Discipline: Teaching the History of Business in the Faith Tradition. Christian Business Academy Review, 10(1), 21-32.

Brown, K. J. (2015). Why Biblical Integration in Business. Journal of Biblical Integration in Business, 18(2), 87-88.

Brown, K. J. (2016). What is Your Narrative? Human Purpose and the Future of Work. A World Without Work? Technology, Automation, and the Future of Work: A Compilation of Essays Presented at the 2016 Values and Capitalism Faculty Retreat (pp. 37-49). Bonita Springs, Florida: American Enterprise Institute. (*NOTE: Award Winning Essay)

Brown, K., & Clements, S. (2017). Fostering Civic Attributes in a Coming-Apart Age. Is America Coming Apart? Addressing Economic, Social, and Ideological Stratification in the United States: A Compilation of Essays Presented at the 2017 Values and Capitalism Faculty Retreat (pp. 3-18). San Antonio, TX: American Enterprise Institute. (*NOTE: Award Winning Essay)

Brown, K. J., & McMullen, S. (2017, July/August Issue ). Hope in the Humanless Economy. Christianity Today, 30-36.

Brown, K. J. (2017, November-December). Finding Fulfillment. The High Calling, 3; 9.

Brown, K., & Clements, S. (2018). US Higher Education in an Exponential Era. The University at a Crossroads-Assessing the Purpose, State, and Future of Christian Higher Education in America: A Compilation of Essays Presented at hte 2018 Values and Capitalism Faculty Retreat (pp. 38-52). San Diego, California: American Enterprise Institute. (*NOTE: Award Winning Essay)

Brown, K., & Clements, S. (2018, April 5). Christian Higher Education in an Exponential Age. Comment Magazine. Retrieved from https://www.cardus.ca/comment/article/5201/christian-higher-education-in-an-exponential-age/

Brown, K. (2018, May 7th). Will Robots Take our Jobs? Boundless.org. Retrieved from http://www.boundless.org/adulthood/2018/will-robots-take-our-jobs

Brown, K. (2018). Augustine, Desire, and the Moral Significance of Preferences. Faith and Economics(71), 3-24.

Brown, K. (2018). Revisiting the Moral Limits of Markets: An “Open Take.” Christian Scholars Review (Forthcoming).

Brown, K. (2018, October 22). Who is John Rawls and Why Should You Care? Retrieved from http://blog.acton.org/archives/104213-who-is-john-rawls-and-why-should-you-care.html

Brown, K. (2018, November 30). Automation and the Future of Labor: Two Scenarios. Retrieved from http://www.valuesandcapitalism.com/automation-and-future-of-labor/

Reviews and Commentary:

Brown, Kevin J. “On Markets and Morals—Helpful Perspective from Michael Sandel.” Rev. of What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. Web log post. There Is Power in the Blog. The Blog for Political Philosophy by Equinox Press, 28 July 2012. Web. <http://www.politicaltheology.com/blog/markets-morals-helpful-perspective-michael-sandel/>.

Brown, Kevin J. Review of “How Much is Enough?  Money and the Good Life.” By Robert Skidelsky & Edward Skidelsky. Faith and Economics, January, 2014. Print.

Brown, K. J. (2014, September 17). From “I, Pencil” to “I, Smartphone”: The Moral Limits of the Market. (P. T. Bench, Ed.) Retrieved from http://www.patheos.com/blogs/anxiousbench/2014/09/from-i-pencil-to-i-smartphone-the-moral-limits-of-the-market/

Brown, K. J. (2014, November 17). “Capitalism and the Common Good” Bereans @ The Gate Blog Response. Retrieved from Bereans at the Gate: http://bereansatthegate.com/capitalism-and-the-common-good-bereansthegate-blog-response/

Brown, K. (2014). Review of “Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb” by Massey et al. (G. College, Ed.) Faith and Economics, 64.

Brown, K., & Stoddart, E. (2015, January 18). Harmony on Earth: On MLK Day, Rethinking Racial Integration. Christianity Today: Thin Places Blog. Retrieved from http://www.christianitytoday.com/amyjuliabecker/2015/january/harmony-on-earth.html

Brown, K. (2016). Review of “Markets Without Limits: Moral Virtues and Commercial Interests” by Jason Brennan & Peter Jaworski. Faith and Economics (Forthcoming)

Brown, K. (2017, July). Which Self Should We Be True To? Hendrickson Publishers Blog. Retrieved from https://hendricksonpublishers.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/which-self-should-we-be-true-to/

Presentations:

Paper Presented: ISA International Housing Conference—Glasgow, Scotland 2009 (““The Economics and Ethics of Mixed Communities: Exploring the Philosophy of Integration through the Lens of the Subprime Financial Crisis in the US”)

Attended: RISE Conference—Dayton, 2010

Paper Presented: Diverse Engagement: Drawing in the Margins—Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference—Cambridge University, England 2010 (“The Theology of Spatial Equality and Social Integration”)

Attended: RISE Conference—Dayton, 2011

Paper Presented: Issues in Social Economics at Southern Economic Association (SEA) Conference—Washington, D.C. November 2011 (“Economics and Value: A Conceptual Assessment of the Benefits and Drawbacks of Economic Valuation in the Neighborhood Integration Discussion”

Paper Presented: 14th World Conference of Social Economics—Glasgow, Scotland 2012 (“The Normative Argument for Residential Integration: A Neo-Rawlsian Approach”)

Paper Presented: CCCU Free Market Forum—Houston, 2012 (“Spontaneous Order and the Imago Dei”)

Paper Presented: Christian Scholars Conference—Lipscomb University June, 2013 (“The Moral Status of Preferences”)

Attended: CCCU Free Market Forum—San Diego, 2013

Paper Presented: Christian Scholars Conference—Lipscomb University June, 2014 (“Value, Economic Value, and the Future of Higher Education”)

Attended: Acton University—Acton Organization June, 2014

Paper Presented: Christian Business Faculty Association Annual Meeting—Trevecca Nazarene, October 2014 (Paper #1: “Broadening the Business Discipline—Teaching the History of Business in the Faith Tradition”)

Paper Presented: Christian Business Faculty Association Annual Meeting—Trevecca Nazarene, 2014 October (Paper #2: “The Moral Significance of Preferences—A Faith-Based Framework for Evaluation”)

Attended: CCCU Free Market Forum—Indianapolis, 2014

Attended: Acton University—Acton Organization June, 2015

Attended: AEI Values and Capitalism Conference—Washington D.C. June 2015

Paper Presented: Christian Business Faculty Association Annual Meeting—Virginia Beach, VA, October 2015 (Paper #1: “Social Entrepreneurship: From the Classroom to the Marketplace”)

Paper Presented: Christian Business Faculty Association Annual Meeting—Virginia Beach, VA, October 2015 (Paper #2: “The Journal Publications of the CBFA—CBAR Report to the CBFA”)

Paper Presented: Values and Capitalism Faculty Retreat—Bonita Springs, FL, January 2016 (“What is Your Narrative: Human Purpose and the Future of Work”).

Attended: AEI Values and Capitalism Conference—Washington D.C. June 2016

Lecture: Hope College Department of Economics and Business—Holland, MI September 2016 (“Is Everything for Sale?  Market Exchange through the Lens of Virtue and Faith”).

Panel Presenter: Hope College Markets and Morality Group—Holland, MI, September 2016 (“Work and the Future of Automation”).

Paper Presented: Christian Business Faculty Association Annual Meeting—Charleston, SC, October 2016 (Paper #1: The Future of the CBFA Journal Publications”)

Paper Presented: Christian Business Faculty Association Annual Meeting—Charleston, SC, October 2016 (Paper #2: “A Call to Worship: Preparing our Students for Ministry in the Workplace”)

Paper Presented: Values and Capitalism Faculty Retreat—San Antonio, TX January 2017 (“Civic Attributes in a Coming Apart Age”).

Panel Presenter: Thomas More College Institute for Religious Liberty Academic Symposium—Thomas More College, February 2017

Paper Presented: Christian Scholars Conference—Lipscomb University, TN June 2017 (Paper #1: “Collaboration and Pedagogy: Highlighting ‘The Asbury Project’”)

Paper Presented: Christian Scholars Conference—Lipscomb University, TN June 2017 (Paper #2: “Virtue and the Moral Limits of Markets”)

Lecture(s): Summit Ministries Conference—Manitou Springs, CO June 2017 (Lecture #1: “Economics: What is it?  Why is it Important?”; Lecture #2: “Economic Understanding and Faithful Action”).

Attended: AEI Values and Capitalism Conference—Washington D.C. June 2017

Lecture(s): Hope College Markets and Morality Annual Retreat—Holland, MI September 2017 (“What is Virtue?”)

Lecture: American Enterprise Institute’s Values and Capitalism Fall Summit—Washington D.C., October 2017 (“A Christian Response to Automation”)

Paper Presented: Southern Economic Association Regional Conference—Tampa, FL November 2017 (“Augustine, Desire, and the Moral Significance of Preferences”)

Paper Presented: Values and Capitalism Faculty Retreat—San Diego, CA January 2018 (“US Higher Education in an Exponential Era”)

Lecture: Make Jesus Culture Conference—Online Presenter Broadcast, February 2018 (“What is Virtue?”)

Lecture(s): Summit Ministries Conference—Manitou Springs, CO June 2018 (Lecture #1: “Economics: What is it?  Why is it Important?”; Lecture #2: “Economic Understanding and Faithful Action”).

Lecture: Acton University—Grand Rapids, MI June 2018 (“John Rawls, Justice, and the Imago Dei”)

Lecture(s): Summit Ministries Conference—Manitou Springs, CO July 2018 (Lecture #1: “Economics: What is it?  Why is it Important?”; Lecture #2: “Economic Understanding and Faithful Action”).

Attended: AEI Values and Capitalism Fall Summit—Washington D.C. September 2018