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Martine W. BrownleyGoodrich C. White Professor of EnglishDirector, Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry Associated Faculty, Comparative LiteratureAssociated Faculty, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies


Martine W. Brownley, Goodrich C. White Professor of English, is Director of Emory's Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. She is an Associated Faculty member in the Comparative Literature Program and also in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, where she served previously as Chair.

Professor Brownley teaches courses in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature and in contemporary women writers. Her current research interests center on early modern English historiography.

Among her academic honors and awards are:

  • A National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowship;
  • The Melanie R. Rosborough Fellowship from the American Association for University Women;
  • Research fellowships from
    • The American Philosophical Society,
    • The William Andrews Clark Library,
    • And the Folger Library;
  • The Governor’s Award in the Humanities;
  • And the AAUW's Recognition Award for Young Scholars.

She served as P.I. for the Fox Center’s successfully completed $2.5 million NEH Challenge Grant and currently serves as co-P.I. on the Center’s Georgia Great Works Program Grant from the Georgia Humanities Council.


  • B.A., Agnes Scott College
  • A.M., Harvard University
  • Ph.D., Harvard University

Selected Publications

  • English Literature: Reconsidering Biography; Clarendon and the Rhetoric of Historical FormTwo Dialogues by Clarendon: Of the Want of Respect Due to Age and Concerning Education; articles and reviews on English historiography, biography,  Gibbon, Johnson, Burnet, Mary II, and others
  • Women's and Gender Studies: Deferrals of Domain: Contemporary Women Novelists and the StateWomen and Autobiography (co-edited with Allison Kimmich); Mothering the Mind (co-edited with Ruth Perry); articles on Behn, Piozzi, Atwood, Drabble, and others