Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice


Brad Brockmann, JD, MDiv, is a civil rights attorney whose career emphasis is on raising awareness at the national and state levels about the healthcare issues and challenges facing incarcerated and other justice-involved populations as well as the individuals and institutions who are charged with their custody and care. He has been designing and teaching courses on incarceration, criminal justice, and health at Brown University’s School of Public Health since 2013. He is the 2020 recipient of Brown’s Howard R. Swearer Engaged Faculty Award for Teaching.

Brockmann collaborates with justice system stakeholders to identify and support projects that respond to the challenging issues that arise at the intersection of incarceration, recidivism, and public health locally and nationally. His current research with the Maine Department of Corrections is to document and assess the Department's development and implementation of policies and practices intended to shift the operating culture of the state's maximum security prison from one of punishment to one of wellness. The ultimate goal is to develop a national model of corrections centered on creating a culture of wellness for all who live and work in carceral environments. 

Brad is co-author of “Emerging Best Practices for the Management and Treatment of Incarcerated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Adults” (2019), and “Emerging Best Practices for the Management and Treatment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Intersex Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings” (2018). Both publications were funded by the National Institute of Corrections and published by the Fenway Institute. He is also the author of a dozen peer reviewed articles.

Brockmann was the first executive director of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights based in Providence from 2010-2018, and from 2004-2010 was a civil rights litigator at Prisoners Legal Services of MA. He earned a JD, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, an MDiv from Episcopal Divinity School, and an AB from Brown University in East Asian Studies. 

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