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
 Phone: (361) 825-2641
 E-mail: jennifer.brown@tamucc.edu

Dr. Jen Brown

Jen Corrinne Brown is an environmental historian who studies the American West and the world. Her first book, Trout Culture: How Fly Fishing Forever Changed the Rocky Mountain (University of Washington Press, 2015) has received critical acclaim in the Wall Street Journal, the American Historical Reviews, and other 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.In narrating this history, the book will provide a new understanding of the origins of modern environmentalism. Dr. Brown also has interests in the history of the Gulf of Mexico and comparative borderlands.


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: Space and Place in Modern America (Spring 2016)

HIST 4390: Introduction to Public History (Fall 2016)


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.

 “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.