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Marie Grace Brown

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - History
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 3637
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045

Marie Grace Brown researches and teaches the history of the modern Middle East with a special interest in women’s activism and national movements. Her current book project examines northern Sudanese women’s use of traditional dress to craft their gendered and national identities during Sudan’s independence movement of the 1950s. Brown argues that though excluded from official state and political institutions Sudanese women consciously used their bodies and fashion to articulate a public presence for themselves and define new standards of womanhood. This focus on dress and the body is a conscious effort to move past the male-dominated textual source base which forms the foundation of so much historical scholarship and restore the voices of women to national narratives.

Brown teaches a wide array of classes on the (broadly defined) Middle East including courses on early Islamic empires, political and social change in the modern era, gender and sexuality, and high-class tourism. Her broader research interests include imperialism in Africa and the Middle East, race identity, and cultures of consumption within empire.

Teaching Interests

  • Middle East
  • Gender
  • Empire
  • Global History

Research Interests

  • Middle East
  • Sudan
  • Gender
  • Empire
  • Consumption
  • Material Culture
  • Dress and Body Culture

Expert instruction in Arabic, Kiswahili, and Wolof at the beginning and intermediate levels will be offered over eight weeks in June-July 2018.

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The Kansas African Studies Center has received $140,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to launch public discussions, community programming, and the creation of educational resources in local communities to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding recent demographic changes in the region. Visit to learn more. 

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