Dr. Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown, Ph.D.

HRI Fellow & Joe B. Frantz Associate Professor of History
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Ph.D. History, Washington State University (2012)
M.A. History, Montana State University (2005)
B.A. Social Science, University of Montana-Western (2003)

Dr. Jen Brown is the Joe B. Frantz Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She is an environmental historian interested in the history of fisheries, animals, conservation, and natural resource policy. Brown is the writer, producer, and narrator of The Gulf Podcast
Her first book, Trout Culture: How Fly Fishing Forever Changed the Rocky Mountain West (University of Washington Press, 2015) received critical acclaim in the Wall Street Journal, the American Historical Review, and other academic and popular sources. She is currently writing a new book entitled The Fantastically Strange Cold War History of Dolphins. The book tells the story of a largely forgotten release of two laboratory dolphins in Hawaii --the first successful animal liberation act in US history --to show how dolphins became beloved during the age of ecology.
As an HRI Fellow, Dr. Brown is excited to work with Dr. Paul Montagna on his project to write a new version of the book Freshwater Inflow to Texas Bays and Estuaries. Dr. Brown will be recording oral histories and documenting the history of freshwater inflow management in Texas. This work will provide the basis for an upcoming series of The Gulf Podcast focused on Texas water.
In her spare time, Dr. Brown loves spending time outdoors and watching hummingbirds.