History - College of Liberal Arts - Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Dr. Jen Brown

Haas Assistant Professor of History

Contact Information:
 Faculty Center - Rm 253-C
 Mailing Unit - 5814
(361) 825-2641

Dr. Jen Brown is an environmental historian whose research interests lie in the history of space and place, fisheries, animals, conservation, environmentalism, and natural resource policy in the North American West and the world. Her first book, Trout Culture: How Fly Fishing Forever Changed the Rocky Mountain (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 working on a new book project, The Fantastically Strange Cold War History of Dolphins, which examines how the Cold War and space age shaped the environmental movement. Dr. Brown is also the co-director of the South Texas Stories oral/aural history project. The project’s digital archive of oral histories (found here: https://library.tamucc.edu/exhibits/s/southtxstories/page/home) contributes to understanding of Mexican American civil rights, borderlands, and Gulf World history.


Ph.D., Washington State University
M.A., Montana State University
B.A., University of Montana-Western

Teaching Philosophy

I create and teach history because the past gives us context to make sense of the world. This serves as both a driving philosophy for my teaching as well as an important point that I try to convey to my students. If I could have students learn one thing by the end of the semester, it would be the value of studying history to understand and to enrich our lives. My own education has been marked by accessible professors with an interest in my goals and I hope to provide the same positive learning environment for my students.

Courses Offered

HIST 1302: US History since 1865

HIST 3345: America by Nature (Fall, odd-numbered years)

HIST 5380: Topics in History: Environmental History (Spring 2019)

HIST 3370: Introduction to Public History (Spring, even-numbered years)


Trout Culture: How Fly Fishing Forever Changed the Rocky Mountain West. Emil and Kathleen Sick Book Series in Western History, Linda Nash, Series Editor. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015. Paperback February 2017.

“Trash Fish: Native Fish Species in a Rocky Mountain Trout Culture,” Western Historical Quarterly 45, no. 1 (Spring 2014): 37–58.

“‘The Gamest Fish that Swims’: Management of the Big Hole River Fishery in Montana,” Pacific Northwest Quarterly 97, no. 4 (Fall 2006): 171–178.