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B.A., University of St. Francis
Dr. Branam grew up in northwest Allen County near Fort Wayne, Indiana, in a rural area with her parents and three siblings. As the child of a musician, she learned how to play piano, flute, piccolo, and eventually organ. Once she graduated from high school, she decided to attend a local college where she double-majored in English and Communications. After finishing the B.A., she took a year off of school to decide what to do next. She continued waiting tables at a diner and teaching private music lessons; she was also hired as the directory of liturgy at her church.
The next year she decided to return to school to pick up an M.A. in literature at Ball State University. Since her junior year of high school, Dr. Branam had wanted to be a Poe scholar. In 2005, Dr. Branam received her Ph.D. from Marquette University, and approximately two years later she realized her dream when she published an article in the Edgar Allan Poe Review. In 2006, she was hired at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, as a visiting assistant professor. The very next year Dr. Branam found a permanent position at Frostburg State University, teaching in her specialization, which is transatlantic romanticism. Her home is now Cumberland, Maryland.
In addition to her scholarship (for further details, click on the link below), Dr. Branam serves on the steering committees for the minors in African American Studies and in Women’s Studies. She is a co-advisor for V-Day@FSU and a staunch supporter for women’s issues, including how to prevent and respond effectively to sexual assault on campus.
Away from the university, she enjoy being outdoors, hiking with her two dogs, and traveling to historical sites along the East Coast.
Please visit her personal website at http://faculty.frostburg.edu/engl/abranam/.