Justin M. Brown studies the art and material culture of the early modern Dutch-speaking world. His scholarship is multidisciplinary and explores the experience of cultural difference, migration, and the natural environment in the Dutch Atlantic between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. His research interests include: paradigms of racial formation; the material culture of Atlantic slavery; the colonial landscape; the discourse of tropicality; and the epistemology of the body.
Justin previously earned an MA in art history at the University of Delaware; his thesis examined the apocalyptic image of St Francis of Assisi in devotional paintings of seventeenth-century New Spain. From 2015 to 2017, he worked as the Luce curatorial fellow at the Worcester Art Museum, where he facilitated the re-interpretation of the American art galleries and organized exhibitions, including Highest Heaven: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art from the Roberta and Richard Huber Collection and Picket Fence to Picket Line: Visions of American Citizenship. His professional and heritage language proficiencies include Dutch, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, and Spanish.