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Mark Brennan

UNESCO Chair
Dr. Brennan at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris

Dr. Brennan at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris

Dr. Mark Brennan is the UNESCO Chair for Community, Leadership, and Youth Development and Professor of Leadership and Community Development at the Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Brennan’s teaching, research, writing, and program development concentrates on the role of community and leadership development in the youth, community, and rural development process. In this context, much of his work has focused on community action, youth development, locally based natural resource management, economic development, and social justice.

He is co-founder of the Global Network of UNESCO Chairs on Children, Youth, and Community. Dr. Brennan has over 20 years’ experience designing, conducting, and analyzing social science research related to community and rural development. This work has involved extensive comparative research throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia and Central America.

Dr. Brennan’s research and program development has been funded by a variety of government, foundation, and private sources and resulting in over 130 publications in leading peer-reviewed journals, books, and outreach publications, and over invited 170 presentations at professional meetings. His recent books include Theory, Practice, and Community Development (2013) and Community Leadership Development: A Compendium of Theory, Research, and Application (2013).

Most importantly, he has been very active in student mentorship. At the graduate level, he has served on 80 graduate student committees (Chairing 40 - 18 PhD and 22 MS). He currently advises over 30, Agricultural Sciences, oversees the Undergraduate Community Leadership option, and the Leadership Development minor undergraduates.