Patricia Brown, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of English

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3775
Fax: (626) 812-3024
Office Location: Faculty Quad, Room 28
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Biography

Patricia Lynn Brown, Ph.D., 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.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • M.A., University of Illinois
  • B.A., Western Illinois University

Credentials/Certifications

  • Professional Clear Single-Subject Teaching Credential

Academic Areas

  • Writing Program
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Department of English

Expertise

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

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 110 – Freshman Writing Seminar
  • 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