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 Diasporic Studies from Princeton University. As Assistant Professor of Black World Studies and History at Miami University of Ohio, Tammy’s teaching, writing, and service to her community are connected through her interest in art, technology, and biography as a methodological approach.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, Tammy comes from a family of educators, artists, and entrepreneurs who value life-long learning, spirituality, and public engagement. Her mother is a teacher who writes creative non-fiction and her father is a reverend and self-taught carpenter. Tammy says, “Years of watching my father’s work pushed me to think of what I could create with my own hands.” She builds her academic and artistic repertoire upon this foundation.
Dr. Brown’s research, writing, and art range from historical studies to abstract paintings and multimedia poetry. In Tammy’s forthcoming book, City of Islands: Caribbean Intellectuals in New York, 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. Tammy argues that biography, historical context, and civic engagement provide a framework for understanding how Caribbean intellectuals leveraged their African-diasporic identities to both challenge racism and push for the reform of American democracy. Tammy is in the research and writing phase of a second book project– a biography of Jimi Hendrix centering on the spiritual dimensions of his music.
Tammy’s academic and creative work have appeared in Callaloo, Southern Cultures, and an anthology titled African Americans on Television. Her selected awards include a postdoctoral fellowship at The University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, the Altman Faculty Fellowship and the Heanon Wilkins Faculty Fellowship at Miami University of Ohio, a research grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute, writing fellowships at the Center for the Study of Religion and the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at Princeton University, and the Mellon Mentored Fellowship at Harvard University.