Dr. Laura Browder
Tyler and Alice Haynes Professor of American Studies
Profile

Laura Browder interviewed 52 women from all branches of the military for her most recent book, When Janey Comes Marching Home: Portraits of Women Combat Veterans, with photographs by Sascha Pflaeging, which was based on a traveling exhibition of the same title. Browder is is the executive producer of the 2012 PBS documentary The Reconstruction of Asa Carter, based on her book Slippery Characters:  Ethnic Impersonators and American Identities. Her previous books include Her Best Shot: Women and Guns in America, and Rousing the Nation: Radical Culture in Depression America, which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Book. She also edited With the Weathermen: The Personal Journal of a Revolutionary Woman, by Susan Stern. Her plays have been produced in Boston and Richmond. Her most recent exhibition (in collaboration with photographer Michael Lease and sound artist Benjamin Thorp) was Driving Richmond: Stories and Portraits of Richmond GRTC Operators.

For the past five years, she and theatre professor Patricia Herrera, along with their students, have been producing documentary dramas and museum exhibitions about Richmond civil rights history, as well as developing the digital archive The Fight for Knowledge: Civil Rights and Education in Richmond, VA.

She is currently working on a documentary about and a biography of her grandfather, Communist party leader Earl Browder.

Publications
Books
When Janey Comes Marching Home: Stories of American Women at War
With photographs by Sascha Pflaeging.
University of North Carolina Press, 2010. 
Audiobook edition, Blackstone Audiobooks.
With the Weathermen, by Susan Stern (edited)
Subterranean Lives:  Chronicles of Alternative America
Series Editor, Brad Verter
Rutgers University Press, 2007.
Her Best Shot: Women and Guns in America
University of North Carolina Press, 2006.  Paperback edition, 2008.
Rousing the Nation: Radical Culture in Depression America 
University of Massachusetts Press, 1998.  Paperback edition, 2009.
A Choice Outstanding Academic Book

Contact Information
(804) 289-8312
(804) 289-8313 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Women in combat
American autobiography
Women and guns
American Communist Party (Earl Browder)
Civil rights in Richmond