Nathan Brown

Associate Professor of French

swipe to see more

I grew up in Myrtle Beach, SC. I loved French from the first time I heard it spoken in middle school. Reading Dangerous Liaisons in college and studying the eighteenth-century philosophers in Political Science got me hooked on the field of eighteenth-century French studies.

I studied French in Montréal, QC as a teenager. I had the opportunity to spend a semester in Versailles, France as a student, forming lasting bonds with my host family. In graduate school, I lived in Lyon, France while completing my doctorate.

My wife and I enjoy drinking wine and riding on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. We often speak French to each other, much to the annoyance of our children.

Favorite quotation: "il faut cultiver notre jardin" - Candide by Voltaire.


  • Francis Bonner “American Scholar” Award. Furman University, 2018.


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • M.A., University of Virginia
  • B.A., Furman University


I work primarily on transatlantic visions of the French New World in the eighteenth century with secondary interests in Enlightenment writers and Québécois identity issues. I have published or presented on subjects as disparate as transvestism in the eighteenth-century to the video game Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation. After two years as an Assistant Professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA, I had the opportunity to come back to Furman.

In my classroom I strive to display my passion for the subject matter and to connect the material to the larger world. I see myself as a guide to help students develop deep reasoning skills and a personal engagement with learning. Moreover, I try to provide students with "real world" transferable skills through digital projects, reflection, and time management tips, for example.

My teaching style respects the diversity of the classroom and of the French-speaking world through engagement with different learning activities, various cultural products, and a variety of pedagogical approaches. ​


  • Brown, Nathan D. “Marvelous Maples: Visions of Maple Sugar in New France, 1691 to 1761.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, vol. 51, no. 1, 2022.
  • Brown, Nathan D. “Early-modern French Visions of the Beaver: From Allegorical Republicanism to Post-humanism.” New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century, vol. 17, no. 1, 2020.
  • Brown, Nathan D. “ASECS at 50: Interview with Theodore E.D. Braun.” Eighteenth-Century Studies, John Hopkins Univ., vol. 53 no. 1, 2019.
  • Brown, Nathan D. “Cultural Transvestism, Identity, and New France in Alain-René Lesage’s Les Avantures de Monsieur Robert Chevalier, dit de Beauchêne.” Romanic Review, vol 106, 2017.

Additional Professional Activities 

  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies member
  • Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Vice President (2022 - )
  • Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Association, President (2019 - 2021)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Gamma Chapter, President