Tammy L. Brown is a writer, educator and artist. She earned her B.A. in international history, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in American history and African diaspora studies from Princeton University. As associate professor of global and intercultural studies and history at Miami University of Ohio, Tammy's teaching, writing and service to her community are connected through her interest in art, activism and biography as a methodological approach.
Dr. Brown’s research, writing, and art range from historical studies to abstract collage work and multimedia poetry. In her first scholarly book, "City of Islands: Caribbean Intellectuals in New York" (University Press of Mississippi, 2015), Dr. Brown uses the life stories of Caribbean intellectuals as “windows” into the dynamic history of immigration to New York and the long battle for racial equality in modern America. Her current book project is a biography of rock-and-roll virtuoso Jimi Hendrix centering on the spiritual dimensions of his music.
Dr. Brown's research on race, feminism, art and politics has been featured in various media outlets including TEDx, the American Civil Liberty Union's blog, NPR and Vox. Dr. Brown’s selected awards include a research grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute, the Lavatus Powell Outstanding Faculty Diversity Award at Miami University and a Humanities Lab grant for her collaboration with Cincinnati Public School teachers on a digital humanities project titled "Antiracist Pedagogy and Praxis for High School Students."