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Sheri Browne, PhD


Sheri Bartlett Browne is a historian and biographer of American women, focusing particularly on women writers and historians of the nineteenth-century American West. Her published writing includes Eva Emery Dye: Romance with the West (Oregon State University Press, 2004) and award-winning articles in the Oregon Historical Quarterly on historian, writer, and suffragist Frances Fuller Victor. Browne currently is at work on a full-length literary biography of Victor. Browne also contributes to the field of Christian theology and ethics, in research and writing as well as in pastoral care. She has served as a chaplain at Nashville area hospitals, with a focus on pediatric patients and their families.


220 Crouch Hall, (615) 963-5505,  sbrowne@tnstate.edu


PhD, History, University of Minnesota, 2002

MA, Health Care Mission Leadership, Loyola University Chicago, 2017

BA, History/English, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon, 1986

Courses Taught

History of American Women, History of Feminism, Introduction to Women’s Studies, the United States History Survey, Cultural History of the West/South, Senior Project

Research Interests

Women as intellectuals and activists; the woman suffrage movement in America; Progressive Era women’s club movement; nineteenth-century western women’s lives; nineteenth-century American and British women writers; bioethics and social justice; healthcare disparities and social justice; pastoral care with underserved populations.

Selected Publications

Eva Emery Dye: Romance with the West.  Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2004.

“‘What Shall be Done with Her?’ Frances Fuller Victor Analyzes ‘The Woman Question’ in Oregon.” Oregon Historical Quarterly 113 no. 3 (fall 2012): 286-311.

“A Lovely but Unpredictable River: Frances Fuller Victor’s Early Life and Writing.” Oregon Historical Quarterly 112, no. 1 (spring 2011): 1-32.

Entries for Ulrich Hardt, et. al., eds. Oregon Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Portland State University and the Oregon Historical Society, 2008): “Eva Emery Dye” and “Frances Fuller Victor.” See entries at www.oregonencyclopedia.org

Entries for Robert Weir, ed., Class in America: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2007): “Josephine Shaw Lowell,” “Kate Richards O’Hare,” “Margaret Sanger,” “Westward Expansion,” “Women’s Clubs.”

Entry for Gary Anderson and Kathryn Herr, eds., The Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice (Sage Publications, 2007): “Florence Kelley and the National Consumers’ League.”