I cannot say enough good things about Professor Brown or his class on the Seven Years' War. I came into the class as a history major, but I focused on a completely different period, and I was worried about jumping into such a complicated topic without enough background knowledge. My worries were completely unfounded. Professor Brown is extremely knowledgable, patient with his students, and puts so much effort into making sure that everyone gets the best experience possible with his class. I took this course online, and he managed to keep the Zoom discussions just as fascinating and lively as they would be in a classroom. He is a fair grader who gives honest and thorough feedback, even if he doesn't always hand things back/post things on Courseworks in the most timely manner. I was also intimidated at his admitting on the first day of class that he expected all of us taking it to make it our "first or second priority" among our classes, but he was right in doing so. The readings provided so many varied interpretations of and aspects of the Seven Years' War - from homosociality in the Prussian Army to the internal politics of Jamaican slave revolts - and made me think about history in new ways. This class is not easy, but it is rewarding, and Professor Brown is incredible. Take it when it's offered.
Professor Brown is awesome! He really cares about his students, and always is available to meet. He does a great job of walking that fine line between not holding a student's hand when the work gets challenging, but still providing assistance when needed. The class is interesting, and he does a great job of steering the conversation and engaging all thoughts. He clearly is a smart guy, and since classes are only about 10 students, he knows everyone and makes sure everyone participates. If you're interested in military history, or a history major, HIGHLY RECOMMEND this course and this professor.
While he can come off as pretentious at times, Prof. Brown does know his stuff. Lectures manage to stay interesting throughout the majority of the course. Except when he was making up for a class he missed, Prof. Brown does use much of the class time for discussion. He knew those of us who participated frequently by name after about a week, and the rest of the class he learned within a month. The readings involved both primary and secondary sources, covering three source books, a text book, and about six secondary sources. One major problem that Prof. Brown has is his tendency to not put readings up on courseworks in a timely manner. Beyond that, he is quite good overall.
Professor Brown is one of the rising stars of the history department. His course on the history of slavery, although being a broad survey, was tied together with very intelligent and compelling themes. His lectures were well prepared and elegantly delivered. Coming from Rutgers, I thought he could have offered a slightly more aggressive and challenging approach in the class, and he admitted this himself mid-way through the course. It was always a pleasure to attend, and the readings were relatively light but always interesting and valuable.
Professor Brown, a visiting professor from Rutgers, was a welcome switch from a previous big shot historian. He has a great ability to stimulate interested discussion amongst the students (which the former professor was never able to do) by asking the class a question. The question was often something that had puzzled Professor Brown himself and was often a key to unlocking and understanding the entire work. What I admired even more was the importance he placed on impartiality, his evident kindness, and willingness to help the student outside of class. He's a very nice guy and it's a shame he's only here for a bit.