Marymount Manhattan

Jennifer N. Brown

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. 


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    At Tintern Abbey.

In Brief

Jennifer N. Brown has teaching and research interests in Medieval Literature.


Associate Professor of English and World Literatures


English and World Literatures





B.A., Georgetown University
M.A., Georgetown University
Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York


  • Arthurian Literature
  • Chaucer
  • The Gothic and the Medieval (Co-Taught course with Dr. Cecilia Feilla)
  • History of the English Language
  • Literary Analysis I
  • Literary Imagination
  • Medieval Literature Survey
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Shakespeare
  • Story, Play, Film [theme: Medieval and Medievalism; theme: heroes and antiheroes]
  • Writing 101 [theme: Food, Health and the Media; theme: Dracula]
  • Writing 102 [theme: Monsters and Fairy Tales]

Professional Experience

2012-present: Associate Professor, Department of English and World Literature, Marymount Manhattan College (New York, NY)

2009-2012: Assistant Professor, Department of English and World Literature, Marymount Manhattan College (New York, NY)

2008-2009: Visiting Assistant Professor, English Department, Fordham University (Bronx, NY)

2003-2009: Assistant Professor, English Department, University of Hartford (West Hartford, CT) [promoted to Associate Professor and tenured in January 2009]

2001-2003: Adjunct Instructor, School of Professional and Continuing Education, New York University (New York, NY)

2000-2001: Teaching Fellow, English Department, Hunter College, CUNY (New York, NY)

1998-2000: Adjunct Lecturer, English Department, John Jay College, CUNY (New York, NY)