Dr. Brennan’s teaching, research, writing, and program development concentrates on the role of civic engagement in the youth, community, and rural development process. He has over 15 years experience designing, conducting, and analyzing social science research related to community and development. He has conducted extensive comparative research throughout the United States, Ireland, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Mexico. Dr. Brennan’s research has resulted in over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, books, Extension publications, reports, and over 80 presentations at professional meetings. He was awarded the 2010 Excellence in NACDEP Community Development Programming Award, 2010 Community Development Society Current Research Award, and 2008 University of Florida Outstanding Faculty Research Award. Dr. Brennan was named a UNESCO Fellow in 2008 and Fulbright Scholar ins 2011. He continues to serve in both capacities with the National University of Ireland, Galway. Finally, Dr. Brennan has served as chair/co-chair on a variety of national committees. He is editor of the policy journal Rural Realities and Editor for Special Issues of Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society.