Professor Brown holds a doctorate in History from Harvard University. Before joining the faculty at Marymount, Dr. Brown taught 20th century history at High Point University in North Carolina. A Jacob K. Javits Fellow (2000-2004) and a Joint Fellow at the Smithsonian National Museums of American Art and American History (2006), Dr. Brown spent fall 2009 as a Fulbright Scholar at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow.
She continued work on her current manuscript, Cultural Czars, under a research grant from the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholar’s Kennan Institute (2011). The book, focused on dance and Cold War arts funding, explores the political power of the arts, how perceptions of something or someone as American have changed in the context of globalization, and how nationalism is read onto physical bodies and their movement.
Professor Brown’s research interests include 20th century cultural and diplomatic history, transnationalism and national identity, cultural consumption, ethnicity and the body, and the arts. She has begun two new projects: one, an exploration of dance and culture in post-revolutionary Cuba, and another on the history of the term “Third World.” At Marymount, Dr. Brown teaches courses in U.S. history, historical research methods, foreign policy, consumerism, and women’s history.
Assistant Professor of History
B.A., Smith College
M.A. & Ph.D., Harvard University