Office of the Provost


About Laura Brown

Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Laura Brown reports to the Provost and serves as Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. In that role, she is responsible for strategic offices related to undergraduates -- the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives, Engaged Learning + Research, the Undergraduate Research office, and Cornell Abroad. She oversees initiatives such as the faculty programs in the residence halls, the new student reading project, and University Courses. And she is responsible for support for instruction and education, including the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Learning Strategies Center, the assessment of student learning, and academic integrity.

Laura Brown

Brown holds the John Wendell Anderson chair in the Department of English, where she has been a member for more than 25 years. She has served as chair of the department, director of the graduate program, and director of graduate student teaching. Brown is widely recognized as an innovative scholar of eighteenth century British literature. Her six books include studies of history of the literary representation of animals, the role of women in literature, the relationship between culture and history, the emergence of imperialist thought, and the effects of ideas of racial difference.

Brown earned her B.A. with highest honors from Stanford University in 1971 and her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1977. Brown is an active graduate teacher and advisor, and has served as Ph.D. thesis director for eight prominent books in the field of eighteenth-century English studies. She has served as a course leader and mentor for new and experienced graduate student teachers, and has taught regularly in the Knight Institute's First-Year Writing Seminar Program.