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Carol Brown

What is your background?
I’m a native Texan with an engineering degree from Texas A&M University and a MBA from Southern Methodist University. I worked for many years at American Airlines in finance and technology management roles culminating with Senior Vice President of AAFCU, a not-for-profit financial institution within American Airlines with $6 billion in assets and 40 branches throughout the U.S. and San Juan. Five years ago, my family moved to Maryland and I committed to pursue my longtime dream of a career in art history. With that goal in mind, I graduated in May 2012 from the University of Maryland with a BA in art history.

Why did you choose the art history graduate program at AU?
Fortunately for me, there are many wonderful art history programs in the Washington, D.C. area. I explored my options for graduate study and found the art history program at American University was not only academically rigorous it also had an unique focus on gender studies. In addition, the department has dedicated and involved professors who work as hard as you to ensure your success.  

What internships/research/work have you done while in the program?
During my first year in the program, I’ve worked in the Visual Resources Center (VRC) in the Katzen Arts Center. This has provided me with a terrific opportunity to learn about best practices associated with the management of visual resources. Through the VRC, I had the opportunity to help with the annual Feminist Art History Conference held on the American University campus in November. In addition, I was able to meet the founders of the AU Art History Program, Norma Broude and Mary Garrard. Their stature in the art historical world inspires me.

What do you hope to do with the degree?
This is an often asked question among my friends and family! While I know life is not a random walk, it is also difficult to predict your ultimate path. I hope I can find a meaningful role that allows me to deepen the understanding and appreciation of Renaissance art.