Institute of Politics


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Vince Brown, JD


Vince Brown was appointed as the Director of the Institute of Politics in May 2020 and is a Visiting Instructor of the Practice of Political Science.

Prior to his tenure at UT, Vince obtained his Honors Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah. Vince went on to work for a Utah Governor and United States Senator in Washington, DC.

Vince then obtained his law degree from Cornell Law School. Following law school, Vince worked as a litigation attorney for two global law firms in California, where he specialized in business and securities litigation. While in California, he served for ten years as an Administrative Law Judge for the County of San Diego and owned a locally sourced organic market, bar and restaurant.

In addition to his work at UT, Vince has a mediation business in Saint George, where he and his wife, Kathryn, currently reside with their children.

Phone: 801.885.9737
Office: McDonald 202

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Hannah Shea

Student Director

Hannah Shea is a pre-Nursing major in her Junior year. She was appointed to be the Student Director of the Institute of Politics after the Fall semester of 2020.
Before moving to St. George to attend Utah Tech, Hannah lived in Surprise, Arizona. She was a student athlete for six consecutive years, while attending and organizing several charity events in her community as a volunteer.
Her academic competence brought Hannah the opportunity of joining both the National Honors Society, and HOSA Future Health Professionals. Hannah obtained an Associates of Science degree with high honors.
Hannah has attended all of the events that the Institute has organized since her first semester, acquiring an interest to meaningful discussions and to be part of the IOP team.
Her hobbies include reading, hiking, camping, and binge-watching shows and movies.

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Alice Ferrari

Events Coordinator

Alice Ferrari is a Junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish at Utah Tech. She currently serves as the Event Coordinator of the Institute of Politics.
Born in the State of So Paulo, Brazil, Alice started to be involved in her community by joining a masonic youth service organization in her city. She became the president of the organization at 14 years old, leading a group of girls in charity events, leadership studies, and congress meetings.
Meanwhile, she studied to became a certified Chemical Technician, working in the area for a year.
After moving to the United States, Alice sought to be part of more leadership groups, being an International Student Leader for 2.5 years, working as a Peer Coach, and as a Writing Center tutor.
During her leisure time, Alice enjoys hands-on activities like cooking, playing video games, crafting, and rock climbing.

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Carlos Plummer


Carlos Plummer is a Junior at UT, studying film. Before college, Carlos spent his time working with his brother Kyle on short films and documentaries, becoming an award-winning student filmmaker. Here at UT, Carlos is working not only as a film student, but as a student leader on campus. He is currently working as a Resident Assistant at the Campus View Suites II building, and also has worked in the film department as an equipment cage manager and COVID-19 Protocol Enforcer. Working with students is one of Carlos favorite things at UT, and he hopes he can bring that enthusiasm to the Institute of Politics as part of the amazing marketing team.

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Sierra Demers


Sierra Demers is an Honors student majoring in Accounting with a minor in Economics and this is her third year at Utah Tech. She is from Fort Mohave, Arizona and enjoys the cooler weather of St. George.
Outside of the classroom, her passions include traveling, reading, hiking, and watching sports. She enjoys being a student at Utah Tech; she likes her classes and loves to attend all the events the school has to offer.
From the beginning of her freshman year, the Institute of Politics has allowed her to learn more about politics and the world around her, and she wanted to be a part of bringing that to others. She is thrilled to be the Administrator for the Institute and is grateful for this opportunity.

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Ayana Brown


My name is Ayana Brown, I am from British Columbia Canada. This fall I will start my senior year, majoring in accounting. This is an exciting year for me! I am currently Miss Dixie international, and this will be my second year as an ambassador for UT.
In my free time I enjoy cooking, making art, dancing, traveling, and learning new things. I look forward to learning more about politics and helping students become involved and excited about government and public affairs!

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Ben Johnson

I am Ben Johnson. I am from Clinton, New Jersey. I am currently studying premed. I previously attended BYU where I studied International Relations. I have been lucky enough to travel and live aboard on several occasions. I have lived in Argentina and Israel.
I am excited to share my passion for politics and world affairs with you all here at UT. When I am not busy studying you can find me climbing around on the beautiful rocks found here in southern Utah or acting in some of UT’s student films


We want to hear from you! Are you looking to get involved? Would you like to know more about a particular topic? Please feel free to contact us.

Vince Brown, JD



Institute of Politics & Public Affairs