Kristen Brown
Assistant Professor of English
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Ph.D. in English and American Literature, University of South Carolina, 2020

M.A. in English, Gannon University, 2009

B.S. in English/Secondary Education Track, Towson University, 2001




After teaching in the eastern and southwestern U.S., Dr. Kristen Brown joined Northern's faculty in 2022. While earning her Ph.D. in English and American Literature at The University of South Carolina, she taught composition, literature, and ethics courses while designing her own minor in indigenous studies with emphasis on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her research was funded in part by the national Bilinski Dissertation Fellowship.

Dr. Brown’s teaching and research often focus on indigenous perspectives and environmental themes. In addition to recent scholarship published in Western American Literature and Resonance: The Journal of Sound and Culture, she has a chapter forthcoming in a book titled Race in the Multiethnic Literature Classroom in which she considers how Dakota author-activist Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa) uses storytelling to challenge the logics of settler civilization projects while carving space for common ground.


Courses Taught
ENGL 101 Composition I
ENGL 201 Composition II
ENGL 210 Introduction to Literature
ENGL 213 Backgrounds to Literature: Native American Literatures
ENGL 215 Literature in Global Contexts
ENGL 242 American Literature II
ENGL 258 Literature and Culture
ENGL 490/590 Seminar
Research Interests
Indigenous studies
The long nineteenth century
Sensory/sound studies
Environmental ethics
Settler colonialism
Queer ecologies