Lorelle Browning, PhD

Pacific University is deeply saddened by the loss of Professor Lorelle Browning, who passed away April 26, 2015 following a brief, unexpected illness.  

Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that professors will teach your classes and that you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then.

ENGL | 220 Vietnam War Era Literature & Film
ENGL | 417 Literature Beowulf to Swift
ENGW | 201 Expository Writing
ENGL | 323 Shakespeare

Areas of Research & Specialization

Currently I am responsible for teaching Expository Writing, First-Year Seminar, Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare, Studies in Drama, Women in War, Modern Drama and Vietnam War Era Literature and Film.


PhD in Literature and Theatre, University of California, Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1986

Master of Arts in English and Theatre Education, University of California, Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1981

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Honor & Awards

Articles: in Vietnamese Studies, Vietnamese Cultural Window, and Shakespeare Bulletin

1998-2010 Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright, U.S. State Department, Lillian Lincoln Foundation, NIKE, Korean Airlines, COMPAQ, U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and Pacific University, $80,000 total in grants

Founder: Vietnam - America Theatre Exchange

Encyclopedia: The Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre (Vietnamese entries)

Film: A Dream in Hanoi, Moira Films

Projects with Vietnamese Colleagues

  • Professional international cross-cultural collaborative Shakespeare production (1998, 2000, and 2004)
  • Fulbright scholar in Vietnam (2002-2003)
  • Teaching at Vietnamese colleges and universities in Hue, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (1995-2011)
  • A Dream in Hanoi film (plays on LINK TV and PBS, 2002-present)
  • Fall 2011 Sabbatical: Senior Fellow at Tan Tao University, Ho Chi Minh City; collaboration on U.S. Embassy sponsored theatre production of All My Sons at Hanoi Youth Theatre; research on Vietnamese traditional and contemporary theatre.

More About Professor Browning

When I first arrived at Pacific University in 1990, I knew it would become home to me. Pacific's emphasis on teaching excellence and on mentoring students is unique, even for a small liberal arts university. Our small classes and close professional relationships with students provide all of us — faculty and students alike — with a rich intellectual environment, a close community, and opportunities to keep learning and growing together.

Other Interests and Hobbies

Aerobics, cooking for students and friends, gardening at our 5-acre home, frequently traveling to Vietnam, playing with my dogs, Franklin and Sadie, and my cockatiel, Hamlet, who loves to talk.