Nikki Brown, Ph.D.

Nikki Brown, Ph.D.

Associate Professor 
Director of Undergraduate Studies


Office: 109 Liberal Arts Building
Phone: 504-280-6135


Educational Background:
Ph.D., Yale University, 2001

Research Interests:
The American history survey, African American, U.S. Women, African American Women, American intellectual, African American intellectual, and Black Comedy as Social Commentary.

Nikki Brown’s first book, Private Politics and Public Voices: African American Women’s Activism from World War I to the New Deal, won the 2007 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize for the best book in African American women’s history. In fall 2008, Greenwood Press published the Encyclopedia of Jim Crow, a three volume reference work co-edited by Dr. Brown and Barry Stentiford of Grambling State University. Dr. Brown is currently working on book reviews for the Journal of American History and the Journal of Southern History. Her next work concentrates on the role of African American women artists in the Black Power Movement.

Courses Taught

  • Civil Rights Movement
  • American Comedy as Social Commentary
  • World War II in Film and Memory (Holocaust, Fascism)
  • African American history survey
  • U.S. History survey
  • New Course: Black Power in Film in History