Brian F. Harrison (Ph.D. Northwestern University) is a specialist in American politics, public opinion, political communication, and LGBT politics. He is also Founder and President of Voters for Equality Super PAC, a political movement dedicated to education, research, and political engagement among progressives and LGBT allies. Currently, Voters For Equality has nearly 475,000 followers on Facebook. Brian has held academic positions at Northwestern University, Yale University, New York University, and Wesleyan University and has also taught at Loyola University-Chicago, DePaul University, and Fairfield University (CT).
Brian is co-author of Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights (Oxford University Press, 2017, with Melissa Michelson). Listen, We Need to Talk debuted at #1 for civil rights books on Amazon.com and sold out its first printing within its first week. In Spring 2017, Brian and Melissa traveled throughout the country on a 12-week, 38-talk U.S. book tour, speaking to a variety of audiences, including universities like Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Oberlin College, and the University of Michigan as well as public talks at independent bookstores and high schools. The tour included interviews with WGN Radio, a local National Public Radio station, podcasts, and other media outlets.
He has been published in academic outlets like Political Behavior, Legislative Studies Quarterly, P.S.: Political Science & Politics, Social Science Quarterly, and Politics, Groups, and Identities. His work has been cited in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Charlotte Observer, and The Guardian (UK) and he has written opinion pieces for Salon, The Washington Post, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Prior to academia, Brian was a political appointee in the President George W. Bush administration, serving as an assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection in the Department of Homeland Security. While he identifies as a progressive, he grew up with Republican parents and worked in a conservative administration and department, experiences that provided important insights on how to communicate with people with divergent political views.