Brian is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity, Office of Academic Affairs and Professor of English at Loyola University Maryland. He earned a B.A. in English at Pacific Lutheran University, and a M.A. & Ph.D., English from Rutgers University. Brian is an Americanist who specializes in African American literature, with additional expertise in multi-ethnic and feminist traditions, and a special penchant for James Baldwin. He served as Founding Director of African and African American Studies from 2010-2014. Brian’s research projects arise from his interest in questions of identity, belonging, justice, and the role of literature helping us ask such questions. His newest book is Dead Women Talking: Figures of Injustice in American Literature (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). He also wrote Neo-Segregation Narratives: Jim Crow in Post-Civil Rights American Literature (U of Georgia Press, 2010) and The American Protest Essay and National Belonging (SUNY Press, 2007). Brian co-edited a collection with Piper Kendrix Williams on Representing Segregation: Toward an Aesthetics of Living Jim Crow, and Other Forms of Racial Division (SUNY Press, 2010), which is an expanded version of a special issue of African American Review (42.1, 2008). He also served on the editorial board of the new James Baldwin Review.