Dr. Tammy L. Brown

Tammy Brown

Associate Professor

Joint appointment in the History Department and in Global and Intercultural Studies (Black World Studies Program).  Affiliate of the American Studies Program and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

Black World Studies Program
122 MacMillan Hall
Office hours: On Leave Spring 2019


  • PhD 2007, Princeton University
  • MA, Princeton University
  • BA, Harvard University

Teaching and Research Interests

  • U.S. History
  • African Diaspora
  • Race, class, gender

Courses Recently Taught

  • BWS 151 Introduction to Black World Studies
  • BWS/HST 252 Representations of History in Film and Video
  • BWS/HST 421 Caribbean Immigration in New York City

Selected Publications 

  • "'A New Era in American Politics':  Shirley Chisholm and the Discourse of Identity," Cutting Down "The Wrath Bearing Tree"--The Politics Issue, Callaloo, Volume 31, Number 4, Fall 2008.
  • Interview.  "John Amos and the Politics of Representation in 'Roots' and 'Good Times'," Don't Believe the Hype: The Continuing Significance of Race within African American Television, edited by David Leonard and Lisa Guerrero, ABC-CLIO, Inc., Santa Barbara CA, 2013.
  • iPhone App.  Director, Producer and Curator of Black Arts Live!, iPhone Application and eBook -- featuring the work of young, accomplished black literary, visual and performance artists, February 2013.
  • TEDx Talk.  "Art is a Weapon for Social Change," Xavier University, Cincinnati OH, April 11, 2014:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o6kbRBFLdI
  • City of Islands: Caribbean Intellectuals in New York, University Press of Mississippi, 2015.

Work in Progress 

My current book project is a biography of musician Jimi Hendrix tentatively titled Here my Freedom.  This book centers on the spiritual dimensions of Hendrix's music, which are rooted in his Christian Pentecostal upbringing, Native American heritage, and New Age cosmologies prevalent throughout 1960s America.