Maria Rankin-Brown, Ph.D. - Department Chair

Professor of English

Office: Stauffer Hall

Phone: (707) 965-6613

Faculty Since: 2006

B.S., Pacific Union College, 1995
M.A., University of Northern Colorado, 1997
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2005

Maria Rankin-Brown specializes in composition studies, rhetoric, sociolinguistics, multicultural studies, non-Western literature, and creative writing. She has taught English and Communication in higher education, and has taught English as a Second Language in Intensive English Programs, as well as for a non-profit organization. Rankin-Brown’s research studies how social and cultural norms are represented in non-Western literature. She serves as the Composition Coordinator for the PUC English Department.
Professional Activities:

Maria Rankin-Brown, Ph.D. has been an active presenter at the California Association of Teachers of English; the Conference on College Composition and Communication; the National Council of Teachers of English; and the regional and national conferences of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, and the California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages conference. Her publications include book reviews for Spectrum Online and articles in professional journals on the topics of: writing pedagogy, cultural studies, non-Western identity, and Japanese literary and sociological behaviors. She received Pacific Union College’s Herber Grant awards in 2007, 2008, 2011, and 2013 for ongoing study of Japanese literature and literary behaviors.