Mark Brown, PhD





PhD, Vanderbilt University

MA, Vanderbilt University

BA, Samford University

Contact Information

701-252-3467 ext. 5632

Lyngstad 208-A

Office Hours

Monday: 10:00-11:00 AM, 12:00-1:00 PM
Tuesday: 12:00-2:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00-11:00 AM, 12:00-1:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00-2:00 PM
Friday: 10:00-11:00 AM, 12:00-1:00 PM

Notes: Additional times by appointment


I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, where I received my BA from Samford University. I earned my MA and PhD from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. I have served on the faculty at Jamestown College/University of Jamestown for over thirty years.

My Favorite Course to Teach

I enjoy teaching any course with poetry in it, and English Literature since 1785 covers three eras of it. If I had to choose a favorite course, I suppose it would be this one.

Scholarly and Creative Works

  • “Language, Symbol, and ‘Non-Symbolic Fact’ in D. G. Rossetti’s ‘The Woodspurge.’” Symbolism: An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics, vol. 19, 2019, pp. 243–263.
  • “‘The Storm Cone’: Prophecy or Forecast?” The Kipling Journal, vol. 89, no. 360, 2015, pp. 7–17.
  • “‘Slipp’d from Oblivion’: Atavism, Archaism, and Allusion in Robert Bridges’ ‘Low Barometer.’” Revisiting the Past Through Rhetorics of Memory and Amnesia: Selected Papers from the 50th Meeting of the Linguistic Circle of Manitoba and North Dakota, edited by Dale Sullivan et al., Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010, pp. 203–212.
  • “Music and Lyrics by Ivor Gurney.” The Ivor Gurney Society Journal, vol. 3, 1997, pp. 25–36.
  • “Hopkins and Gurney Again.” Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review, vol. 85, no. 338, 1996, pp. 108–115.
  • “Ivor Gurney and Edward Thomas: A Distinction.” PN Review, vol. 22, no. 2, 1995, pp. 43–47.
  • “‘A Style So Worn and Bare’: Pheidias, Praxiteles, and the ‘ERWS’ of Robert Bridges.” Dalhousie Review, vol. 73, no. 4, 1993–94, pp. 512–526.

Awards and Grants

  • Young Alumni Mentor Medallion, University of Jamestown, 2021
  • Professor of the Year, Jamestown College, 1995

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • Midwest Modern Language Association
  • Kipling Society