4129 Helen C. White Hall
Ph.D., George Washington University
B.A., Mount Holyoke College
Ashley Brown is an assistant professor in the history and Afro-American studies departments here at UW-Madison. She is a twentieth-century United States historian whose research and teaching focus on African American history, U.S. history, and the history of sport. Brown’s book project, “The Match of Her Life: Althea Gibson, Icon and Instrument of Integration,” is a scholarly biography of the first African American to win the United States National Tennis Championships and Wimbledon. Brown was awarded the 2015 Graduate Student Essay Prize from the North American Society for Sport History. Her article, “Swinging for the State Department: American Women Tennis Players in Diplomatic Goodwill Tours, 1941- 1959,” was published in the fall 2015 issue of the Journal of Sport History. Brown earned her Ph.D. in American Studies at George Washington University. She is a Visiting Fellow at Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference for the 2017 – 2018 academic year.
Books in Progress
“The Match of Her Life” a critical biography of the first African American to win titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, between 1956 and 1958.
“Swinging for the State Department: American Women Tennis Players in Diplomatic Goodwill Tours, 1941-1959.” Journal of Sport History: 42.3 (Fall 2015): 289-309.