Department of English

Juliane Braun

Juliane Braun Assistant Professor
8064 Haley Center
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Office Hours

  • Thursday 2:00-3:00 pm & by appt. via Zoom


Juliane Braun specializes in early American studies, with an emphasis on the multilingual and transnational literatures of the Americas. Her research and teaching focuses on theatre and drama, transoceanic studies, and the environmental humanities.

Dr. Braun’s first book, Creole Drama: Theatre and Society in Antebellum New Orleans (University of Virginia Press, 2019), examines the transnational, political, and social reach of French Louisianian theatrical culture. It has won the Theatre Library Association’s 2019 George Freedley Memorial Award.

Dr. Braun’s on-going research projects include a translated and edited collection of French Louisianian plays and a second book manuscript, tentatively titled Translating the Pacific: Nature Writing, Print Culture and the Making of Transoceanic Empire.

Juliane Braun has also published articles on the sea otter, ethnic strife in New Orleans, and free black theatre and has held fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the European Association for American Studies, and the British Library.


Ph.D.,   Julius Maximilians Universität Würzburg, Germany, 2013

M.A.,   Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany, 2008

            Université de Bourgogne, France, 2008

Representative Publications

Creole Drama: Theatre and Society in Antebellum New Orleans. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019.

“Bioprospecting Breadfruit: Imperial Botany, Transoceanic Relations, and the Politics of Translation.” Early American Literature (EAL) 54.3 (2019): 643-71.

“‘Strange Beasts of the Sea:’ Captain Cook’s Last Voyage and the Creation of a Transoceanic American Empire.” Atlantic Studies 15.2 (2018): 238-55.

“On the Verge of Fame: The Free People of Color and the French Theatre in Antebellum New Orleans.” Liminale Anthropologien. Eds. Jochen Achilles, Roland Borgards, and Brigitte Burrichter. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2012. 161-81.

Last Updated: February 09, 2021