Kevin Adonis Browne, PhD

Room 304, 3rd Floor East, School of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities and Education
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
Phone: +1 (868) 662 2002 ext. 83021

Research Interests
  • Vernacular Transhumanisms
  • Photography and Visual Design
  • Digital Humanities
  • Caribbean Philosophy and Epistemology
  • Rhetorics of Caribbean Literature in Theory and Practice
Current Courses

LITS 2301: Issues in Literary Criticism
LITS 3502: Advanced Seminar in West Indian Literature (B)


Ph.D., English, The Pennsylvania State University, 2009
M.A., English, The Pennsylvania State University, 2005
B.A., English, summa cum laude, Medgar Evers College, CUNY, 2003

Past Courses

CCR 760: Contemporary Caribbean Rhetoric
CCR 751: Social Histories of Rhetoric
CCR 631: Contemporary Rhetorical Theory

COM 322 Theories of Persuasion: Caribbean Rhetoric
EXP 201 Expository Writing: Praxis & Public Memory
LIT 308 Love, Death, and Money
LIT 337 Comparative Caribbean Literature

WRT 104: Writing Studio
WRT 105: Writing Studio I
WRT 114: Memoir
WRT 205: Writing Studio II
WRT 308: Advanced Writing Studio
WRT 413: Rhetoric and Ethics
WRT 422: Creative Nonfiction, Writing Praxis
WRT 423: Caribbean Rhetoric in Harlem 1920-1939
WRT 424: Caribbean Cybercultures


Tropic Tendencies: Rhetoric, Popular Culture, and the Anglophone Caribbean (2013, U. of Pittsburgh Press)

Between Still Life and Afterlife: Mas, Photography, and the Self (forthcoming, UP of Mississippi)

Rhetoric and the Stoning of Rachel Jeantel” (2013, Enculturation)

The Caribbean Memory Project
@drbrowne” (2014)
One Hundred and One Flashes: A Collection of Flash Fiction and Nonfiction in 101 Words” (2012)
The Dry Season: Haiku, 1997-1999” (2012)

Ongoing Projects

The Caribbean Memory Project is a long-term project in Caribbean Rhetoric, Multimodal Composition and Digital Humanities—a living documentary project that emerges from deep vernacular participation in humanistic inquiry and the interplay of numerous themes and approaches that help us engage and understand Caribbean expressive culture in productive ways. Its major projects include:
The Discarded Archive
The Prior Sketches
A Theory of Notes
After Effects: The Wrights, &c.
In Vena, Veritas: An Interactive Transcript

Other Works in Progress

Islands in the Mainstream: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Caribbean Rhetoric” (book project)
“Regarding Peter: Correspondence and the Rhetoric of Vernacular Preservation” (article project)
“Seeing Blue: Devils in Paradise” (book project, essays)
“The Yard: Caribbean Rhetoric as Memoir and Historiography” (book project, memoir)

Past Papers

“Desiderium: Opening Notes on Conscious Citizenship.” Propaganda Space, Belmont, Trinidad and Tobago. (08/12/2014)
“Picturing Mas: Rhetoric, Aesthetics, and the Caribbean Carnivalesque in Social Media.” Carnival Studies Colloquium, University of the West Indies (St. Augustine), Trinidad and Tobago. (04/10/2014)
“Harlem’s West Indian Outsiders: Vernacular Rhetoric and the Politics of Integration.” CCCC Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV. (3/18/2013)
“Ethos and the Bacchanalian Myth in 19th Century Trinidad.” Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) Biennial Conference in Philadelphia, PA. (05/28/2012)
“Theorizing While Black: Composition, Rhetoric, and the Myth of Representation.” CCCC Annual Convention in St. Louis, MO. (3/22/12)
“The Rhetoric of Transnational Flows as Reflective Practice, a Response,” Respondent. CCCC Annual Convention in Louisville, KY. (03/20/10)
Assistant, Institute Workshop, “Race and Rhetoric.” Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) Summer Institute in State College, PA. (6/26/09-6/28/09)
“Caribbean Students in the Composition Classroom.” CCCC Annual Convention in San Francisco, CA. (3/13/09)
“A Language We Can Use.” Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) Biennial Conference in Seattle, WA. (5/26/08)
“Go Back to Hell: The Paradox of Prophetic Ethos in Caribbean American Rhetoric.” Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) Biennial Conference in Seattle, WA. (5/24/08)
Participant, “What Is Cultural Rhetoric?: A Collaborative Definition of An Emerging Field.” Workshop Facilitator: Malea Powell. CCCC Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA. (4/2/08)
“Can’t Play Mas and ‘Fraid Powder.” CCCC Annual Convention in New York, NY. (3/23/07)
“Mout’ Open.” CCCC Annual Convention in Chicago, IL. (3/24/06)
Assistant Conference Coordinator of the Celebrating the African American Novel Conference, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. (4/1/05-4/2/05)
Chair, “Contemporary Male Authors” panel at the Celebrating the African American Novel Conference, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. (4/1/05)

Professional Memberships

Caribbean Studies Association (CSA), 2013-present
Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), 2006-present
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), 2006-present
Rhetoric Society of America (RSA), 2008-present

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