Professor Brian received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently working on several articles and a book manuscript titled "Birth of the Scientific Child." The book examines the transnational networks of "baby science" and child studies that placed the child at the center of the science of states, i.e., statistics, as well as the science of human development, medicine, and pedagogy. Her research and teaching interests include modern Germany and nineteenth-century Europe; children, childhood, and youth; the body and sexuality; medicine and science; women and gender; the city and space; globalization and imperial networks; and memory and heritage.
"The Faux History of The Villages, Florida," _Southern Cultures_ vol. 20, no. 4 (2014): 58-71.
"Animating Animals: Colonial Themes in Children’s Movable Books in Wilhelmine Germany," _German Studies Review_ vol. 37, no. 2 (2014): 253-274.
“Listening to Lothar Meggendorfer’s Nineteenth-Century Moving Picture Books.” _Princeton University Library Chronicle_ vol. 74, no. 3 (2013): 366-396.
"Art from the Gutter: Heinrich Zille's Imperial Berlin," _Central European History_ 46, no. 1 (2013): 28-60.
"A Family Science: The Baby Biography in Imperial Germany," _Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth_ 4, no. 3 (Fall 2011): 403-418.