Elspeth Brown

Associate Professor, Department of History




Elspeth H. Brown is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto, former Director of the Centre for the Study of the United States (2006-13), and currently the Director of the LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory. Her research concerns modern American cultural history; the history and theory of photography; queer and trans* history, and the history of US capitalism. She has received fellowships from the Getty Research Institute; the National Museum of American History; the American Council of Learned Societies; the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada; the Library of Congress Kluge Center; the American Philosophical Society, and others. She is the author of Sexual Capital: A Queer History of Modeling, 1909-1983 (forthcoming, Duke University Press), and the award-winning The Corporate Eye: Photography and the Rationalization of American Commercial Culture, 1884-1929 (Johns Hopkins 2005). She is the co-editor of Feeling Photography (Duke University Press, 2014); “Queering Photography,” a special issue of Photography and Culture (2014); and Cultures of Commerce: Representation and American Business Culture, 1877-1960 (Palgrave, 2006). She has published in GLQ, TSQ; Gender and History; American Quarterly; Radical History Review; Photography and Culture; Feminist Studies; Aperture; No More Potlucks; and others. Brown currently directs the The LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory, a five-year digital history and oral history research collaboration that connects archives across Canada and the United States to produce a collaborative digital history hub for the research and study of gay, lesbian, queer, and trans* oral histories.

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