Christopher Michael Brown
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2012
M.A., University of Chicago, 2006
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1999
Chris Brown joins us as an ACLS Fellow and is currently at work on his first book project, 'And There See Justice Done': The Problem of Law in the African American Literary Tradition. Reading across African American literature and culture from Phillis Wheatley to Edward P. Jones, the book argues that black conceptions of liberty, equality and justice are often incommensurable with competing legal articulations, and that this incommensurability is repeatedly figured in tropes of madness, blindness, treason, and the absurd. His research and teaching extend the book's concern with the logics of law and race, exploring how legal and literary discourses alternately converge and diverge over the course of U.S. history.
Brown's published and forthcoming essays appear in Law and Literature, the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, and Law, Culture and Humanities. His research has been funded by several fellowships and grants, including support from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Ford Foundation. He will teach an upper-level seminar in the fall, "American Literature and the Law"; during the spring term, he will teach a graduate seminar on African American literature and culture as well as "Introduction to African American Literature, 1910-present."