Robert W. Brown

Robert Brown

Dr. Robert W. Brown

Emeritus Professor


Robert W. Brown is a Professor of History at UNC Pembroke. He received his BA from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Masters Degree from Marshall University and an MA and a PhD from Duke University. While in West Virginia, he served in the National Teacher Corps. As a Graduate student, he taught courses in European History for the U.S. Army in Germany and at various colleges and universities in the Triangle Area of North Carolina; he also taught English essay writing and poetry interpretation at the University of Münster. At UNC Pembroke, he teaches courses in Modern European History, with an emphasis on cultural and intellectual History. He also teaches an interdisciplinary Seminar on The Humanistic Tradition for the Maynor Honors College. In 2006, he was honored to receive the UNC Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has also received two UNC Pembroke’s Outstanding Teacher Awards (1997 and 2003).

Research interests and publications include: Western Europe, 1789-1914 (especially the visual arts and cultural and intellectual history); Nineteenth-century France; Germany during the Nazi era; The History and Topography of Paris; Topography and Townscapes in the Visual Arts; and the Preservation of Historical Monuments during the Nineteenth Century.

He is married to Dr. Monika Bargmann Brown, who is a Professor of English at UNC Pembroke. They have a daughter, Sarah, who is a Senior Reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington, DC.

Selected Publications:

  • “Paris 1900: Exposition universelle,” Historical Dictionary of the World’s Fairs and Expositions, 1851- 1988. Ed. by John E. Findling. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1990: 155- 164. Revised and expanded version in Encyclopedia of World’s Fairs and Expositions. Eds. John E. Findling and Kimberly Pell. Jefferson, North Carolina and London: McFarland & Company, 2008: 149-157.
  • “Camille Pissarro,” “Edgar Degas,” and “Claude Monet,” Europe 1789-1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire. Eds. John Merriman and Jay Winter. Detroit: Charles Scribner’s, 2006, Vols. 2, 3, & 4.
  • “Horst Wessel Song,” The Encyclopedia of Propaganda. Ed. Robert Cole. Armonk, New York: M. E. Sharpe, 1997. “Topography,” The Dictionary of Art. Ed. Jane Shoaf Turner. 34 vols. London: Macmillan Publishing Company; New York: Grove, 1996, 31: 154-157.
  • “[The London] Diorama,” “Landscape Painting, 1780-1830,” and “Topographical and Travel Prints, 1780-1830,” Encyclopedia of Romanticism: Culture in Britain, 1780s-1830s. Ed. Laura Dabundo. New York: Garland Publishing Inc., 1992: 164-66; 326-328; and 579-582.
  • “Albert Robida’s Vieux Paris Exhibit: Art and Historical Re-creation at the Paris World’s Fair of 1900,” Year Book of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Fine Arts. Vol. 2. Ed. William E. Grimm and Michael B. Harper. Lewiston, N.Y.: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1991: 421-445.
  • Forty-seven entries in Historical Dictionary of France from the 1815 Restoration to the Second Empire. Ed. by Edgar L. Newman. 2 vols.; Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1987.
  • Founding Editor and Book Review Editor, Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians, 1991-2003.