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Rachel Brown, Ph.D.

Co-Chair, Department of English
Assistant Professor of English
(317) 955-6560
Oldenburg Hall, Room 214

Rachel Linnea Brown's teaching and research interests link both literature and creative writing: she earned her MFA in poetry from Colorado State University in 2014 and her PhD in American literature from the University of Kansas in 2019. When teaching, Brown emphasizes the power of both stories and storytellers to shape national discourse. Her courses dislodge exclusionary narratives, privilege diverse voices, and provide students with the critical framework to "read outward" and empower their communities.

Brown teaches classes in multiethnic American literature, including American Indian Film and Literature, African American Film and Literature, and U.S. Western Women’s Writing. She also very much enjoys first-year writing, Professional Writing, Research Methods & Criticism, and American literature survey courses.

Brown's current book project reflects her teaching interests: Rough Forms: Autobiographical Interventions in the U.S. West, 1835-1935 crucially complicates traditional settler narratives by linking Southern Cheyenne, Sicangu Lakota, African American, and Euro-American writers from the 1800s and early 1900s. She has previously published poetry and creative nonfiction in Gulf Coast, Black Warrior Review, and Midwest Quarterly, among other journals, and an article that reframes Southern Cheyenne autobiographer George Bent as a warrior-writer recently appeared in Studies in American Indian Literatures.

Beyond academia, Brown enjoys adventuring with her husband and chocolate Labradors. So far, they have hiked in Brown County State Park and Turkey Run State Park (both established in the traditional homelands of the Kickapoo and Miami peoples) and driven through four covered bridges.

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