Patricia Brown, PhD


Professor, Department of English

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3775

Fax: (626) 812-3024

Email: [email protected]

Office Location: Faculty Quad, Room 28

Patricia Lynn Brown, PhD, is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University, teaching the Art and Craft of Writing, Studies in Literature, American Literature, African American Literature, American Ethnic Literature, and the African American Experience. She previously taught English courses at the University of Illinois for 10 years, and language arts classes at Amelia Earhart Middle School in Riverside, California for three years. Brown’s research and teaching interests include African American literature, nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, and religious studies and literature. Her dissertation study, Gendering the Pulpit: Religious Discourse and the African American Female Experience, traces the entry of African American women into religious discourse and their continuous appropriation of a literary tradition that grants them voice. Her publications and conference presentations explore the historical implications of the African American experience in relation to the broader study of American literature. Brown’s current scholarship consists of a detailed study of Toni Morrison’s novels and a study of African American women’s responses to oppression.


  • PhD - University of Illinois
  • MA - University of Illinois
  • BA - Western Illinois University


  • Professional Clear Single-Subject Teaching Credential

Academic Area

  • Writing Program
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Women’s Religious Autobiographies
  • African American Literature
  • American Fiction
  • American Poetry
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Toni Morrison Novels

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 111 – Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 344 – American Literature to 1865
  • ENGL 354 – American Literature Since 1865
  • ENGL 364 – American Ethnic Literature
  • ENGL 374 – African American Literature
  • ENGL 488 – Significant Authors
  • WRIT 110 — The Art and Craft of Writing