Robert L Brown Jr

Educational Background & Specialties


  • cultural studies of science and technology
  • rhetoric
  • literacy and critical pedagogy
  • theory and sociology of knowledge and taste
  • popular culture
  • culture and the environment
  • education and institutions
  • cultural ethnography
Courses Taught
  • CL/CSDS 8910 - Pedagogy in Cultural Studies
  • CSCL 1001 - Introduction to Cultural Studies: Rhetoric, Power, Desires
  • CSCL 3910 - Rhetoric of Science/Rhetoric of Race
  • CSCL 3910 - The Rhetoric of Everyday Life
  • CSDS 8910 - Augusto Boal, Paulo Friere & Critical Pedagogy
  • CSDS 8910 - Enthography as Cultural Critique
  • CSCL 3331--Science and the Humanities
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Director, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature Graduate Studies:
  • Director, University of Minnesota Humanities Institute:
  • Subject to interpretation: the role of research in writing programs and the politics of administration: Brown Jr, Robert, Christopher Anson, Heineman, The Writing Program Administrator as Researcher: : Inquiry in Action and Reflection, 1999.
  • Strategic Stories: how 3M is Re-writing its Planning Process: Brown Jr, Robert, Gordon Shaw, Phillip Bromiley, Harvard Business Review, 1998.
  • Storm in the Academy: Community Conflict and Spirituality in the Research University. Brown Jr, Robert, The Academy and the Possibility of Belief, New York: Hampton, 1997.
  • Beyond the Realm of Reason: Understanding the Extreme Environmental Rhetoric of the John Birch Sociey. Brown Jr, Robert, Green Culture: Rhetorical Analyses of Environmental Discourse, Madison: University of Wisconsin UP, 1996.
  • Marxist Rhetoric. Brown Jr, Robert, 1996.
  • Large-Scale Portfolio Assessment: Ideological Sensitivity And Institutional Change. Brown Jr, Robert, Portfolios: New Ways To Evaluate Student Writing, New York: Boynton-Cook, 1991.
  • Discourse Conventions And Literary Inference: Toward A Theoretical Model. Brown Jr, Robert, Understanding Readers' Understanding: Theory And Practice, Lawrence Erlbaum, 1987.
  • College of Liberal Arts "Red" Motley Teaching Award, University of Minnesota
  • Morse Amoco/Alumni Teaching Award, University of Minnesota