Frederick L. Brown - Vita
FREDERICK L. BROWN
fbrown1455 at gmail dot com
- Ph.D. in History, University of Washington, 2010
I received my doctorate in history, with fields in environmental history, twentieth-century U.S. history, history of technology, and history of Africa. My thesis advisor was Dr. Linda Nash. My dissertation considered the cultural and material role of animals in the history of Seattle.
- Master's Degree in Library and Information Science, University of Washington, 1999
- Master's Degree in French Studies, New York University, 1987
- Bachelor's Degree summa cum laude in French and Classics, Washington University in St. Louis, 1984
- Historian and Book Indexer, Seattle, Washington
8/13 to present
I am available to prepare back-of-the-book indexes for academic books, textbooks, and trade books. I am currently working on a book project about house sparrows, European starlings, and other European birds introduced into North America in the nineteenth century. I recently completed a book-length historic resource study of Redwood National and State Parks for the National Park Service. My award-winning book, The City is More Than Human: An Animal History of Seattle, was published by the University of Washington Press in 2016.
- National Park Service, Pacific West Region Office, Seattle, Washington
6/03 to 8/13
I worked as a project historian in the Pacific West Region office in Seattle. I researched and wrote book-length studies of Lava Beds National Monument and Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. I contributed to historic studies of Lemhi Pass National Historic Landmark, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, Redwood National and State Parks, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, and the National Park of American Samoa. I collaborated on cultural landscape studies of Lava Beds National Monument, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, Mojave National Preserve, and Joshua Tree National Park. My history of Lava Beds was published as "The Center of the World, The Edge of the World: A History of Lava Beds National Monument" (GPO, 2011).
- University of Washington, Bothell, Washington
reference and instruction librarian
9/00 to 2/02
Provided reference services to students, faculty and staff of UWB and of Cascadia Community College. Collaborated with faculty and other librarians in promoting information literacy. Selected materials relating to computing and information technology.
- S & T Onsite (on contract at Microsoft), Seattle, Washington
6/99 to 6/00
Collaborated with fellow team members in developing controlled vocabularies and in producing and analyzing search statistics, in order to improve results of intranet search.
- Book Indexer, Seattle, Washington
5/93 to 11/98; 2/02 to 9/02
Wrote back-of-the-book indexes for trade and textbooks primarily in history, biography and politics, with work in human evolution, archaeology, science and medicine, legal affairs, economics, advice, how-to, etc. Over 100 books indexed.
- Peace Corps, Guider, Cameroon
community development volunteer
12/88 to 3/91
Worked within the community development bureau of the Cameroonian Agriculture Ministry to support rural development projects, including helping communities build a school, plant a mango orchard, maintain a community grinding mill, and receive health and improved wood-stove training.
- S. W. Cohen and Assoc., New York, New York
indexer and editorial assistant
9/86 to 11/88; 8/91 to 5/93
Wrote and edited indexes for trade books and textbooks. Supervised word processors and proofreaders of indexing projects. Developed procedures and computer programs to revise indexes for new editions of books. Wrote procedures manual for computer indexing.
Last updated October 2021.