Dr. Brown is professor of American Studies. His research focuses on the cultural history of the twentieth-century United States, particularly race and gender in the recent South.
He has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in history from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in English from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. with majors in history and English from the University of Mississippi. Before coming to Missouri S&T, Brown was assistant professor of history at James Madison University, where he taught the history of the 20th-century South and the recent United States.
Brown is the author or editor of six published books:
Brown is currently writing a book about a 1986 murder in Oxford, Mississippi.
His other publications include:
Brown is the editor of the series Civil Rights in Mississippi, published by the University Press of Mississippi. The first title in the series, Hodding Carter Jr.'s So the Heffners Left McComb, was published in 2016. Brown also edits the series Southern True Crime, published by Louisiana State University Press.
Brown was a contributing editor for the Mississippi Encyclopedia and wrote for that publication as well as the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. At Missouri S&T, he teaches the American literature survey and upper-division courses on American film and on the culture and literature of the American South.