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David Sterling Brown
Assistant Professor of English
Phone: (860) 297-2524 Office Location: N/A
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Trinity College faculty member since 2013 View office hours for Spring 2023
General ProfileTeachingResearchPublications/PresentationsHonors/Awards
Ph.D., New York Univ.
M.A., New York Univ.
B.A., Trinity College

Dr. David Sterling Brown—a Shakespeare and early modern critical race studies scholar—is Assistant Professor of English and a proud 2006 Trinity alumnus. He is a 2022-2023 Sacred Heart University Shakespeare Scholar in Residence. His antiracist research, which centers on pedagogy and on how racial ideologies circulate in and beyond the early modern period, is published or forthcoming in numerous peer-reviewed and public venues such as Shakespeare Bulletin, Literature Compass, Radical Teacher, Shakespeare Studies, Hamlet: The State of Play, White People in Shakespeare and Los Angeles Review of Books. His forthcoming book projects, both under contract with Cambridge University Press, examine how whiteness operates in Shakespearean drama. Through his Mellon/ACLS Scholars and Society Fellowship, Dr. Brown had a 2021-2022 residency with The Racial Imaginary Institute, founded by Claudia Rankine; he is also the dramaturg for Keith Hamilton Cobb's Untitled Othello Project. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and an engaged academic citizen, Brown sits on the editorial boards of Shakespeare Bulletin and Shakespeare Survey; and he is an executive board member of the Race Before Race conference series. 

A passionate and innovative pedagogue, Dr. Brown pushes his students to pursue the ideas that intrigue them most. He trains students to close read texts and he encourages them to take intellectual risks. By discussing critical issues such as power, class, sexuality, gender and race in the classroom, he enables his students to identify ways in which the past intrudes into and informs the present. He first experimented with this pedagogical approach while serving as Trinity's 2013 Ann Plato Predoctroal Fellow in English. During the fellowship, he developed his signature course, "(Early) Modern Literature: Crossing the Color-Line," which combines the study of English Renaissance drama and African-American literature.