Dr. Walton Brown-Foster is Professor in the Department of Political Science. She is a dedicated educator committed to the concept of social change through pedagogy. She believes that teaching and learning are profound and radical processes that are vital to successful social continuity and change. Her teaching and work with students is where she most effectively works toward social change. In that capacity, she has encouraged and stimulated the development of students to be the primary agents of social change as they take their skills and knowledge into the world. Her pedagogical method is intent upon sparking student inquisitiveness, creativity and a desire to become active, well informed, and conscientious citizens, at the local, state, national and, where possible, the international arenas. She encourages students to think critically, and challenges them develop their unique voices and ideas; and to realize the agency and understand the impact of their voices and ideas.
She has successfully mentored students who have gone on to post-graduate level studies in Law, Doctoral programs, public service and local politics. She has worked closely with students who have won coveted internships in Washington, DC and New York City and participated in the CCSU ‘Elect Her’ leadership training program.
She is an advocate for and participant in activities that partner with organizations and leaders in the Greater Hartford community and state. As a member of several state chapters of National civil rights and volunteer community service organizations such as the NAACP, the World Affairs Council, the Links Inc., Jack and Jill of America and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., she has organized campus Voter Registration drives, programs and lectures open to the Greater Hartford and campus communities. In 2015, her work with Greater Hartford (CT) Chapter of the Links, Inc.’s scholarship program awarded multi-year scholarships to four students attending CCSU.
She teaches courses in the areas of Comparative Politics, International Relations, International Conflict, Latin American Governments and Politics, African Governments and Politics, American Foreign Policy, Race and Politics—US and Global, and Religion and Politics.
Dr. Brown-Foster, has during her career at Central Connecticut State University, served in the capacity of Department Chairperson, Faculty Senate President and on numerous University committees. She was most recently the Acting Director of the African American Studies program and is presently serving as the Acting Advisor to the International Studies program in Latin American Studies. Many of her courses are integrated in the Interdisciplinary African American, American, International Studies (African and Latin American), and Peace Studies programs.
She received her BA and MA/PhD from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She was an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia-Athens and taught a one semester course in the African American Studies program at Yale University and serves as online course instructor for Charter Oak State College. She continues her ongoing research, writing and publishing activities. Her professional associations include and have included the American Political Science Association, Women in International Security, National Association of Black Political Scientists, African Studies Association, World Affairs Council, New England Association of Latin American Studies, New England Political Science Association, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the Schomburg, Institute for Educational Leadership, American Association of University Women and AAUP.