Professor Brown has worked in museums as an executive director, curator, historian, and archivist. Her work has ranged from designing and implementing collections plans to curating exhibitions to institutional strategic planning. In addition to teaching at USF, Prof. Brown consults for museums, most recently working with the Haggin Museum as guest curator for the reinstallation and reinterpretation of its permanent art collection, and with the San Francisco National Maritime Historical Park on strategic planning. She is currently the co-chair of the American Alliance of Museums’ Committee on Museum Professional Training and sits on the California State Parks Transformation Team’s Cultural Resources Committee.
She has taught and lectured at institutions around the country, including Long Island University, the San Jose Museum of Art, Stanford University, and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Her professional and academic interests include museology, the history of collecting and museums, material culture studies, and public history. Previously, she was on the Museum Studies faculty at Johns Hopkins University, where she was the recipient of the Advanced Academic Programs Excellence in Teaching Award. Prof. Brown also served as Executive Director of the Chevy Chase Historical Society in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and Associate Curator for American Material Culture and Historian at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens in Washington, D.C.
- PhD, European History, Stanford University
- BA, History, Williams College