James Peterson Brown | Curriculum Vitae


University of Minnesota, PhD, American Studies, April, 2013. Dissertation: Anarchy, Individualism, and American Literature.

Pennsylvania State University, MA, American Studies, 2006. Thesis: What Cold War Canon?: Anarchy, Socialism, and the American Renaissance in an Age of Anti-individualism.

San Jose State University, BA, English, 2001.

San Jose State University, BA, Comparative Religious Studies, 2001.


2013     “The Buddhist Anarchism of Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen,” in Encountering Buddhism in Twentieth-Century British and American Literature (London: Bloomsbury, 2013).

2010   “The Troubled Ocean: Charity, Sentiment, and Thoreau’s Global Consciousness in Cape Cod,” Concord Saunterer (Spring 2010).

2009   “The Zen of Anarchy: Japanese Nationalism and the Anarchist Roots of the San Francisco Poetry Renaissance,” Religion and American Culture 19.2 (Fall 2009)

2008   “Canons of Dissent: Anarchy, the ‘Cold War’ Canon, and the Anti-Statist Left in the United States,” Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 8.1 (Jan. 2008). <http://reconstruction.eserver.org/081/brown.shtml>

2007     “The Disobedience of John William Ward: Myth, Symbol, and Political Praxis in the Vietnam Era,” American Studies 47.2 (Summer, 2006).

2006     “Voodoo and Santeria” and “Orthodox Christianity.” Entries in Encyclopedia of American Folklife, ed. Simon Bronner (Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2006).

Conferences & Presentations                                                                                                              

2010     “Anarchism and American Traditions: Emma Goldman’s Emerson and Thoreau.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

2008   “The Troubled Ocean: Social Justice, Sentimental Charity, and the Ethics of Globalism in Cape Cod,” Modern Language Association, San Francisco, CA.

“Interdisciplinary American Studies and the Cold War: A New, Archival History from the Record of the Library of Congress,” Best Student Paper, American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM.

Teaching Experience                                                                                                                            

Adjunct Professor, University of Northwestern, St. Paul. Teach online and in-person composition courses that emphasize APA style writing for the professions. 2020-as available.

Instructor, AP United States History, HSLDA. Created and delivered instructional content for an online AP U.S. History course. Fall 2020-Spring 2021.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, St. Olaf College. Developed a course, “Varieties of Ecological Experience,” with an emphasis on Environmental Communication and inter-faith understandings of ecological ethics. Spring, 2014.

Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN. Literature 349: “American Nature Writers,” Adjunct. Fall 2011; Summer, 2012; Spring, 2013.

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. First Year Writing, Fall and Spring 2008; American Studies 3252W, Popular Culture and Politics 1900-1940: Summer and Fall 2009, Spring and Summer 2010, Summer and Fall 2011, Spring 2013; American Studies 3253W, Popular Culture and Politics 1940 to the Present: Fall 2012.

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Writing Studies 1301: First Year Writing. Fall 2008 and Spring 2009.

Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA. American Studies 223: American Thought and Culture. Adjunct, Spring 2006.

Professional Experience                                                                                                                                        

Founder & Managing Editor, Linden House Editing Services. Created, designed, and launched a suite of four academic editing services, beginning in 2002 with Editors For Students. Developed relationships with faculty and departments to promote the once unlikely idea of students hiring professional editors.

Student Assistant, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. Graded and TAd courses in Death, Dying, and Religion and Introduction to Comparative Religious Studies for life-long mentor Kenneth Paul Kramer. (August 24th 2000-August 30 2001)

Composition Tutor, Writing Center, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. Tutored English 1A and 1B students, primarily ELL, in a diverse educational environment that included traditional and non-traditional students; motivated these students to become independent writers by providing them with draft-editing strategies and related feedback; taught small groups of three to six students; kept student progress files. January 1997June 1999.

Fellowships and Awards                                                                                                                          

2010     Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

2008     Gene Wise – Warren Susman Prize for the Best Student Paper at the Annual Convention of the American Studies Association.

2006     Samuel and Sylvia Kaplan Social Justice Fellowship, UMN.

2006     Sue Samuelson Award for Academic Excellence in American Studies, PSU.