Dana Brown received her MA in history from Florida Atlantic University and engages in doctoral-level research under the direction of Shelia Watson at the University of Leicester School of Museum Studies.  She earned her Master of Online Teaching certificate from the University of Illinois and Master Tutor certificate from the College Learning and Reading Association.


Ms. Brown’s broad research interests include U.S. 19th- and early 20th-century social and cultural history—more specifically, the American maritime experience with a focus on how working class labor in freshwater coastal and inland port towns informs cultural structure. Her work in public history explores how social inclusion theories challenge memory, myths, and national identity. Ms. Brown’s most recent work examines representations and interpretations of the Middle West in the United States; particularly, the iconography of the American sailor. She currently serves as the Director of Development for the Gifford Historical Museum and Cultural Center in Vero Beach, Florida.