Tamara Brown is an assistant professor of history and director of women's studies at Bowie State University (Bowie, Maryland) and a former cultural historian with the Smithsonian Institution.
Dr. Brown received her doctorate of philosophy degree in history through the Department of History, Howard University, Washington, D.C. Her research focus in this course of study was cultural history and the African Diaspora, and her dissertation is entitled "Lingering Lights from America's Black Broadway from the Negro Renaissance to Black Arts: African American Concert-Theatrical Dance in Washington, D.C."
Dr. Brown was the former co-editor of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History's (ASALH) Black History Bulletin (formerly Negro History Bulletin), an assistant editor for A Constant Struggle: African American History 1619-1865 (Kendall/Hunt 2005), and a general editor for The Souls of Black Folk: Centennial Reflections (Africa World Press, 2004). Her most recent publication is "Lingering Lights from America's Black Broadway: A Synopsis of African American Concert-Theatrical Dance in Washington, D.C." in Emerging Voices and Paradigms: Black Women's Scholarship (Association of Black Women Historians, 2008).
She has been a consultant for the award-winning documentary Swing, Bop and Hand Dance. She also worked with producer Beverly Lindsay on the acclaimed documentary about Teenerama, a Washington, D.C. area African American dance show. Dance Party: The Teenerama Story premiered on public television in June 2006 and has won Emmy, Telly, and Aurora awards.
Tamara Brown has her own education and arts association, The Center for History and Culture Concepts. Dr. Brown has produced several dance and performing arts productions in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and currently performs with her own dance company and other area dance companies.
- History 114: African American History to 1865
- History 115: African American History since 1865
- History 204: Black Women's History
- History 205: Introduction to Women's Studies
- History 260: Black History thru Film