Eleanor Marie Brown

Eleanor Marie Brown

Eleanor Marie Brown

Senior Scientist in the Rock Ethics Institute
Professor of Law and International Affairs
106 Lewis Katz Building University Park, PA 16802


JD, Yale University
MPhil, Politics, Oxford University
BS, Molecular Biology, Brown University


Eleanor Brown is a professor of law at Penn State Law, a professor of international affairs at Penn State’s School of International Affairs (SIA), and a senior scientist in the Rock Ethics Institute. 

A leading scholar of property, migration, globalization, development, and the law, Brown has been published in the California Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the New York University Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal, among many others.  

She has also published with the New Republicthe New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times and has been a commentator on NPR. Among Brown’s academic accolades, her paper, “The Blacks Who ‘Got’ Their 40 Acres,” was one of two papers selected in the property category for the Yale/Harvard/Stanford Junior Faculty Forum.  

Prior to joining Penn State, Brown was a professor of law at the George Washington University Law School, where she also directed the Institute for Immigration Studies. She has previously been a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation, a GWIPP Fellow at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy, and a Reginald Lewis Fellow at Harvard Law School.  

She is a member of the board of directors of the Association for Law, Property and Society, the Conference Planning Committee for the Immigration Law Professors Association, and the Fellowship Committee for the Association of University WomenShe has also served on the Scholarly Prize Committee for the Law and Society Association. 

Brown, a Jamaican national, was previously a senior executive at the Caribbean Investment Fund, L.P., the first pan-Caribbean private equity fund in the British Commonwealth Caribbean, and a chair of the Jamaica Trade Board. Brown has recently been appointed by Andrew Holness, the prime minister of Jamaica, to the CARICOM Commission.  

She has served on the boards of several publicly traded Caribbean companies and was the youngest director of two subsidiaries of the Bank of Nova Scotia (Jamaica), one of the largest subsidiaries of the largest Canadian bank (by market capitalization). Brown chaired the Conduct Review Committee of the Board for Scotia Jamaica Investment Management. She was a member of the Sugar Enterprise Team, the entity appointed by the Jamaican Cabinet to oversee private sector participation in the Jamaican sugar sector. 

Eleanor Marie Brown