Jeffrey P. Brown, Ph.D.

Associate Professor  Brown

Associate Dean for Research, College of Arts and Sciences


Office Hours:

By appointment.

163E Breland Hall




B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1971

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1979


Curriculum Vitae:  Brown C.V.


Research and Teaching Interests:

Dr. Brown’s research interests include the development of communities, a political structure and political issues in the post-Revolutionary War United States frontier; the development of parties and party issues in the pre-Civil War Ohio River Valley states; public history and oral history; and New Mexico community history.  His principal courses in the Department of History at NMSU have included pre-Civil War United States history, and public history courses.


Dr. Brown is at present Associate Dean for Research in the College of Arts and Sciences.  He earned his Ph.D. in United States history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1979.  After teaching at the University of Northern Iowa and Lake Forest College, he came to NMSU in 1984.  He also taught for one summer at St. John’s Graduate Institute in Santa Fe.  Dr. Brown taught early United States history at NMSU and directed the Public History Program in 1984-91, and received tenure in 1990.  He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1991-2002 and 2003-04, and as Interim Dean in 2002-03.  More recently, he has served (2011-present) as Associate Dean for Research.  Dr. Brown has also served as acting coordinator of the Geography division of the Department of Earth Sciences (1991-92), as head of the Department of History (July 2005 – December 2009) and as interim head of the Department of Art (January-December 2010).

Dr. Brown was president of the National Council on Public History, the principal national organization for public historians, in 1995-96.  He has been an AQIP review mentor for the Higher Learning Commission.  He has published a co-edited book, thirteen additional chapters and articles, and 87 reviews assessing books about New Mexican and United States history, and has received a Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation in 1986.  Dr. Brown has been a chair, member, or Dean’s Representative on more than one hundred Master’s committees at NMSU and at the University of Northern Iowa.


Selected Publications:

The Pursuit of Public Power: Political Culture in Ohio, 1787-1861, co-edited with Andrew R.L. Cayton (Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1994),     including “Timeline” and personal chapter, “The Political Culture of Early Ohio, 1803-1812;”  three additional chapters, ten articles, one review essay, five dictionary entries, 87 reviews, and two historic district registrations.



In addition to supervising more than 30 different individualized readings courses and teaching guest seminars in the Department of History, Dr. Brown has taught these courses at NMSU: Introduction to United States History, Recent United States History, Modern European History, Colonial America, The American Revolution, The World of the American Revolution (May mini-semester course), Early National America, Civil War Era, New Mexico History, American Character and Culture (Honors course), Davis, Lincoln, and the Civil War (May mini-semester course), The Constitution: Contemporary Issues (Honors course), Cultural Conservation, Oral & Community History, Introduction to Public History, Archival Theory and Practice, Historical Editing: Theory and Practice, Historic Preservation, Historians and History, and Public History Seminar.