Charles Brown

Field & Specialties

20th Century US History
African American History
Cultural History
History of Emotion
Queer History


M.A. World History and Cultures with Distinction, King's College London, 2022

B.A. History with Honors, The University of Chicago, 2021


Charles (Charlie) Brown is a second-year PhD student in the History department. He is broadly interested in twentieth-century U.S. cultural history, with a specific interest in the African Diaspora and the culture of social movements. His past research focused on African-American migration and travel to Ghana in the mid-twentieth century, exploring diasporic identity-making through travel and Black American cultural conceptions of "homeland." He is currently working on a project on the Satanic Panic in the 1980s in suburban America. As an avid musician, he is looking forward to exploring popular music in the 1970s U.S. in future projects. Charlie is a proud San Diegan, and holds an M.A. from King's College London and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.