Dr. Cinnamon Brown is an Assistant Professor of History at Westminster College. Brown received her B.S. from the University of West Alabama in December 2000. She continued her education at the University of Tennessee, receiving her M.A. in 2003 and completing her doctorate in 2009. Brown has taught for the University of Tennessee’s History and Honors Departments. She also taught courses at several East Tennessee institutions including Maryville College and Lincoln Memorial University. Brown also had the pleasure of working for the University of Tennessee’s Center for the Study of War and Society. A non-profit organization founded in 1984, CSWS was responsible for interviewing and recording the experiences of World War II, Vietnam, and Korean veterans. Her position as the Assistant to the Director at CSWS provided Brown the opportunity to work with many veterans and hear their amazing stories. In 2008, Dr. Brown returned to the University of West Alabama as a Visiting Professor.
Dr. Brown’s research focuses on early Louisiana history. Her dissertation "The Youngest of the Great American Family": The Formation of a Franco-American Culture in Early Louisiana explores territorial New Orleans through the lives of four individuals of different socio-economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Brown hopes to expand the geographic focus of this study in order to assess a more general Louisiana territorial experience. She also hopes to begin research on a new project looking at the Louisiana Purchase in American historical memory.
Although her research interests are firmly grounded in early America, Brown is cautious to label herself as an Americanist. Many years of teaching and graduate study have exposed her to a variety of historical fields. Brown has taught courses on European History, the Life of Abraham Lincoln, the History of Mardi Gras, and Medieval China. Brown is also drawn to the experiences of women and African Americans which have inspired her favorite course Scandalous Women in American History. Brown is already enjoying her classes at Westminster College as well as working with Senior Thesis projects. She is looking forward to offering future courses that examine topics from the American Revolution to African-American History.
As a native of Centralia, Missouri, Dr. Brown is elated to be back in Mid-Missouri. She looks forward to spending time with family and friends, jogging on the Katy Trail, and reading books for pleasure. Although she is dreading Missouri winters, Dr. Brown is thrilled to be a Westminster Blue Jay and ready to give back to the community that did so much to shape her life.