Dr. Brown received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She teaches all things medieval and early modern in the department. Her courses include the medieval and early modern surveys, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Arthurian Literature and the History of the English Language. She takes her classes to the Met and the Cloisters frequently in order to reinforce how medieval art, architecture and literature are linked together.
Dr. Brown’s research interests include medieval literature written by, for and about women. She has published several books and articles on these topics, including Three Women of Liege (Brepols, 2008), Barking Abbey and Medieval Literary Culture (co-edited with Donna Bussell, York Medieval Press, 2012), and Cosmology, Sociality and Sexuality in Medieval Literary Texts (co-edited with Marla Segol, Palgrave Press, 2013). Her 2011 article in The Journal of the History of Sexuality won the bi-annual Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship prize for Best Article.
Dr. Brown served as the president of the Medieval Club of New York from 2010-2013, which sponsors monthly academic lectures on medieval topics. She currently serves on the board of the Hagiography Society and the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship.
Dr. Brown will be on research leave 2013-2014 to finish researching and writing a book on Catherine of Siena’s English tradition, entitled Picking Fruit in the Orchard: Catherine of Siena in Medieval and Early Modern England.