David Sterling Brown’s research focuses on domesticity, race, blackness, whiteness, and gender. He is currently working on a monograph that examines black domestic matters in Shakespearean drama, and he has started drafting a second book project that aims to reframe how we think about racial “otherness” in Shakespeare's plays. In 2019, David will participate on an MLA Special Session roundtable titled “Doing Relevance: Medieval and Early Modern Perspective;” he will give a paper on a Shakespeare Association of America plenary panel titled “Looking Forward: New Directions in Early Modern Race Studies;” and he will appear as a featured panelist at the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies’ “Race before Race” symposium.
In addition to being a member of Phi Beta Kappa, 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, David served as a faculty member in the English Department where he designed and taught an interdisciplinary 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, he has received grants and/or stipends from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the University of Arizona, Duke University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities to support his research and curricular innovation.
- PhD, MA, New York University
- BA, Trinity College
- Early modern English drama and literature
- The family
- African-American literature