Monica Brown, PhD

Monica Brown Professor
Northern Arizona University
U.S. Multi-Ethnic Literature
Blg 18 Rm #108
Phone: 928-523-8743




I’m a Professor of English at Northern Arizona University, specializing in U.S. Latino, African-American and Multicultural Literature. I am also a Women's Studies and Ethnic Studies affiliate.I am the author of Gang Nation: Delinquent Citizenship in Puerto Rican, Chicano and Chicana Narratives, and I have published numerous scholarly articles in my field, including chapters in Women’s Studies for the Future: Foundations, Interrogations, Politics and Mediating Chicana/o Culture: Multicultural American Vernacular.  In 2004, I was the recipient of the Rockefeller Fellowship on Chicano Cultural Literacies from the Center for Chicano Studies at the University of California.

In addition to my academic publications, I am also an award-winning children’s author whose work has been translated into seven languages. My books have received numerous starred reviews and accolades. Most recently, I have published Lola Levine is Not Mean! and Lola Levine Drama Queen, a chapter book series from Little Brown & Co; I am also the author of Maya's Blanket/la manta de Maya (Lee & Low), a picture book illustrated by Caldecott-winner David Diaz, recently reviewed in the New York Times. Other award-winning books for children include Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People (Henry Holt), winner of the Américas Award for Children's Literature and an Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction, and Waiting for the Biblioburro (Random House), a Christopher Award winner. My picture book Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald(Lee & Low) is the winner of the Tejas Star Book Award, the International Latino Book Award, and a Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration. Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash/Marisol McDonald y la fiesta sin igual, the second book in the Marisol series, was published in September 2013.