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David Sterling Brown

Assistant Professor

English, General Literature and Rhetoric


David Sterling Brown has research interests in Shakespeare, race, social justice, mental health, the household and gender. His scholarship is published or forthcoming in Shakespeare Studies, Radical Teacher, Early Modern Black Diaspora Studies, Titus Andronicus: The State of Play, White People in Shakespeare, Shakespeare and Digital Pedagogy, The Hare, David Bevington Remembered, The Sundial, Global Shakespeare and Social Justice and Hamlet: The State of Play. David—a Phi Beta Kappa member—previously served on the Shakespeare Association of America’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and he currently serves on the Race Before Race (#RaceB4Race) conference series Executive Board.

David is working on a monograph that engages whiteness studies and mines Shakespearean drama for new racial knowledge. In 2019, he gave a paper—White Hands: Gesturing Toward Shakespeare’s Other “Race Plays”—on a Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) plenary panel called “Looking Forward: New Directions in Early Modern Race Studies.” From there, David led two virtual SAA seminars in Spring 2020: “Shakespeare’s Other ‘Race Plays’” Part I and Part II. In addition to being a 2013–2014 Consortium for Faculty Diversity Scholar and a 2016–2018 Duke University SITPA Scholar, David was the first Trinity College (CT) alumnus to hold the Ann Plato Fellowship. At Trinity, he served as a faculty member in the English Department where he designed and taught an early modern English drama/African-American literature course titled “(Early) Modern Literature: Crossing the Color-Line,” which is also the name of his 2016 Radical Teacher article that explores how instructors can use their scholarly interests to transcend identity politics and construct a methodology and pedagogy that intricately connects the academic to the personal and experiential.

To date, David has received grants and/or stipends from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the University of Arizona, Duke University, Binghamton University and the National Endowment for the Humanities to support his research and curricular innovation.


  • PhD, MA, New York University
  • BA, Trinity College

Research Interests

  • Shakespeare
  • Early modern English drama and literature
  • Race
  • Domesticity
  • The family

Teaching Interests

  • Shakespeare
  • Drama
  • African-American literature
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Class