Adriane Brown

Associate Professor
Dir., GSWS
Dir., Women's Res. Ctr.

Memorial Hall 214
CB 63

Adriane Brown is Associate Professor and Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) and Director of the Women’s Resource Center. All three of her degrees are in GSWS, and she deeply values the interdisciplinary, intersectional modes of inquiry which characterize the field.

Her research interests lie at the intersections of youth studies, media studies, and subjectivity theory. Her doctoral dissertation research focused on teenage girls’ self-representations in digital spaces, including MySpace, bulimia support message boards, and Taylor Swift fan forums. Parts of the dissertation have been published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and Introducing the New Sexuality Studies (3rd edition).

Her current research project examines the significance of gender and race in cosplay at multiple fan conventions, including Comic-Con International, C2E2, and GeekGirlCon. In spring semester 2019, she is on sabbatical leave to conduct interviews with cosplayers.

She is also finishing a book manuscript about gender and race in high school policy debate. The project utilizes three years’ worth of ethnographic and interview data gathered in the Minnesota high school policy debate community to examine the tension between community members’ frequent professions of feminist and anti-racist beliefs and the persistence of sexist and racist practices at debate tournaments, in social spaces, at debate camps, and in online environments.


Adriane teaches a wide variety of courses, including:

  • Popular Culture, Race, and Sexuality
  • Gender, Race, and American Identity in Comics and Graphic Novels
  • Girls, Culture, and Identity
  • Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
  • Global Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality
  • From Harry Potter to #Brexit: Youth, Media, and Politics in the UK (study abroad in London and Edinburgh)
  • Margins as Center: Feminist Theory
  • Senior Seminar

Adriane is also affiliated with Augsburg’s new Youth Studies minor.