Department of English

Donald Brown

Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow
70 Brown St, Rm. 405
Research Interests African American Studies and the Black Atlantic, Race and Slavery, Race and Ethnicity, 20th-Century and Contemporary


Donald Brown is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English. Brown specializes in 20th-century African American literature and culture and its historical connection to the Great Migration and the long history of the civil rights movement. His research currently explores how Black writers of the mid-20thtwentieth century navigated the beginnings of the Cold War. He is also interested in Black Southern writers’ representation of Black Southerners who did not migrate to destination centers of the North and West.

Brown has forthcoming articles in two edited collections—one on “African American Literature in Transition(Cambridge University Press), and one on Jesmyn Ward (Edinburgh University Press)—and another I have one more soon to be published in Southern Cultures (UNC Press).