Lois Brown is an ASU Foundation Professor of English and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Arizona State University. She is a public historian and a scholar of African American literature and culture whose groundbreaking research reshapes our understanding of race, class, gender, faith, and place in America. Her books include "Black Daughter of the Revolution: A Literary Biography of Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins," "Memoir of James Jackson, The Attentive and Obedient Scholar" and "Encyclopedia of the Harlem Literary Renaissance." Professor Brown’s current projects include biographies of James Mars and of the enterprising traveller Nancy Prince, a study of Liberator editor William Lloyd Garrison, and a book on African Americans in 18th and 19th century Concord, Massachusetts.
Lois Brown earned her A.B. degree in English from Duke and her Ph.D. in English from Boston College. Her first academic love is 17th century British poetry and this continues to inform her work on early American writing, landscape, and narratives about loss, redemption, and triumph. She was featured on the acclaimed PBS documentary The Abolitionists and has curated and collaborated on exhibitions for the Museum of African American History in Boston and the Boston Public Library. Brown is an award-winning teacher whose courses include Writing on the Land of Freedom: The Pastoral in African American Literature, Slavery and the Literary Imagination, and Reel Black: African American Life in Film.