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BC Faculty Honored for New Books

A campus reception for Berea professors Dr. Gordon McKinney and Dr. Stephanie Browner, celebrating the publication of their new books, is scheduled for Monday, December 6 from 4- 5:30 pm in the Woods-Penniman Building Commons.

Dr. Gordon McKinney and Dr. Stephanie Browner

McKinney, director of Berea’s Appalachian Center and Goode Professor of Appalachian Studies, is the author of “Zeb Vance: North Carolina’s Civil War Governor and Gilded Age Political Leader,” published this fall by the University of North Carolina Press. The biography places Vance “in the context of historians’ rapidly changing perceptions of the American South.”

McKinney is an historian who taught for more than a decade at Western Carolina University in North Carolina. A specialist in 19th Century Appalachian History, Dr. McKinney is the author of a number of studies of regional political and social history. His numerous books and articles on central and southern Appalachia include the Guide to the Zebulon Baird Vance Papers, co-written with Dr. Richard McMurry, and Southern Mountain Republicans, 1865-1900: Politics and the Appalachian Community. The Heart of Confederate Appalachia: Western North Carolina in the Civil War, co-authored with John C. Inscoe of the University of Georgia., was published in 2000.

Before becoming the director of Berea's Appalachian Center, Dr. McKinney was an Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Maryland, where he was the Executive Director of National History Day, a history competition for middle and high school students. The New Hampshire native received his bachelor’s degree from Bates College in Maine, and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University.

Browner is associate professor of English and Dean of the Faculty at Berea. Her book “Profound Science and Elegant Literature: Imagining Doctors in Nineteenth Century America” examines how fiction represented medicine and the doctor as medicine professionalized and became the most esteemed and highly-paid profession in the nation. The book was just published this month by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Browner’s first book, “Literature and the Internet: A Guide for Students, Teachers, and Scholars” (with Stephen Pulsford and Richard Sears) was published in 2000.

Browner has been a member of Berea’s English faculty since 1994 and Dean of the Faculty since 2003. Her special interests include Literature and Technology, Postcolonial Literature and Modern and Postmodern Dance. In addition to authoring books and articles, Browner has developed extensive internet resources for use by teachers and students including teaching sites on Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. A former professional dancer with the Contemporary Dance Theatre of Cincinnati, Browner helped to establish the Berea College Modern Dance Troupe, a contemporary dance performance group with which she continues to perform. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University.

For more information, McKinney can be reached at (859) 985-3141, and Browner at (859) 985-3490 or (859) 985-3771.

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