Browner, Stephanie


Stephanie P. Browner
PhD, American Literature and American Studies, Indiana University
Dean, Eugene Lang College


Dr. Browner is the former Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty at Berea College, a liberal arts college in Kentucky much esteemed for its history and mission. Her accomplishments at Berea include increasing faculty diversity, leading the college through a successful reaccreditation review and strategic planning process, and designing and implementing new curricular initiatives. As a member of the president’s leadership team, Dr. Browner contributed to a wide range of college-wide initiatives and projects, including health care policy renewals, enterprise risk management, and building renovations. Off campus, her work included securing $2 million in new funds, serving as a lead designer of three statewide conferences on energy policy, and working with the city on projects such as bike trails and farmlands.

Dr. Browner's scholarship has appeared in leading journals including PMLA and American Quarterly. She is the author of two books, one of which, Profound Science and Elegant Literature: Imagining Doctors in Nineteenth-Century America (University of Pennsylvania, 2005), was named an Outstanding Academic Title of the Year by Choice magazine. She has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Bedford Anthology of American Literature and currently serves on the Board of Networked Interface for Nineteenth-century Electronic Scholarship (NINES)

Stephanie’s early experience includes work as a medical volunteer in Central America, a high school English and Spanish teacher, and a professional modern dancer.

Recent Publications:
  • Profound Science and Elegant Literature: Imagining Doctors in Nineteenth-Century America. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005. 
  • Literature and the Internet: A Guide for Students, Teachers and Scholars. Co-authored with Stephen Pulsford and Richard Sears. Routledge, 2000.
  • "Digital Humanities and the Study of Race and Ethnicity." The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age. Eds. Andrew Jewell and Amy Earhart. (University of Michigan P., forthcoming 2009).
  • "Writing American Science and Gender." American Literary History 16 (2004): 509-519.
  • "Doctors, Bodies, and Fiction," Blackwell Companion to American Fiction, 1780-1865, ed. Shirley Samuel (Blackwell, 2004).
  • "'Social Surgery': Uplift, Liberation, and Professionalism in Chesnutt." FORECAAST: Black Liberation in the Americas, eds. Fritz Gysin, Christopher Mulvey (LitVerlag: Munich, Germany, 2002).
  • "Documenting Cultural Politics: A Putnam's Short Story." PMLA March 2001.
  • "'Profound Science' and 'Elegant Literature': Doctors in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Periodical Fiction." Texas Studies in Language and Literature, 42.4 (Winter 2000): 363-383.
  • "Ideologies of the Anesthetic: Professionalism, Egalitarianism, and the Ether Controversy." American Quarterly, March 1999.
Office Hours:
By appointment.
Phone Number/Extension:
212.229.5100 x.2067


Research Interests:

19th-century American and African-American Literature, the history of American Medicine, digital humanities, postcolonial literature, contemporary public health issues, and modern and postmodern dance.

Founder and editor of The Charles Chesnutt Digital Archive

Consulting Editor. Whitman, Dickinson, and Teaching American Literature with New Technologies. U. S. Dept. of Education funded: 1997-2000. Contributions include: “Wounded Bodies in Whitman's War Writings," "Whitman and the City," and "Love and Conquest: The Erotics of Colonial Discourse in Emily Dickinson's Poems and Letters."


Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
Stephanie has lectured widely, especially on literature and medicine. Her work in digital studies has included authoring sites on Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson as part of a national panel of literary scholars funded by a Department of Education grant.

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