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Christina Riley-Brown


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OFFICE: Preston 218
PHONE: 814-824-2350

Dr. Christina Riley Brown, professor of English, holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. Dr. Riley Brown’s expertise includes Early American literature, the history of print culture, and literature of the American South.

During her academic career at Mercyhurst University, Dr. Riley Brown has served in numerous administrative roles, including as Chair of English Department, Interim Dean of Business, Associate Dean, and then Dean of the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences for six years. She co-edited the anthology Liberty's Captives: Narratives of Confinement in the Print Culture of the Early Republic (2006) from the University of Georgia Press, a collection of critically introduced first-person narratives that contributed to the formation and articulation of national identity. 

She is a faculty advisor for Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society. She serves as a peer reviewer for national grants.

About Dr. Christina Riley Brown
    • Ph.D., University of Mississippi, 2005
    • M.A., English, University of Mississippi, 1998
    • B.A., English, University of Arkansas, 1995
    • Early American Literature
    • The American Renaissance
    • Narrative Theory and Contemporary Storytelling
    • Literature of the American South
    • COMP 120: Research and Writing
    • ENG 200: Video Games as Narrative
    • ENG 205: Introduction to the English Major
    • ENG 251: Early American Literature
    • ENG 253: American Renaissance
    • ENG 292: Film Narrative & Theory
    • ENG 351: Southern Literature
    • Video game narratives and environmental storytelling 
    • Early American print culture
    • Textual depictions of captivity and liberty 
    • Early American women’s writing
    • “Trial Records as History and Narrative:  The NY Manumission Society’s Record of Amos Broad” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 2015.  
    • “From Gone Home to GamerGate: Women’s Stories in Gaming.” Penn State Behrend Gender Conference, Erie, PA, 2014.
    • “Service Learning in the IDST Classroom” South Central MLA Conference, New Orleans. November 2013.
    • “White Trash: Reading Trauma in the Work of Dorothy Allison.” Society for the Study of Southern Literature. Arlington, Virginia 2012. 
    • “The Architecture of Home: Domestic Designs for American Women.” 20th Annual American Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA.  March 2011.
    • Liberty’s Captives: Narratives of Confinement in the Print Culture of the Early Republic. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2006. Associate Editor