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Eleanor Marie Brown

by krr5072 Mar 26, 2020
Eleanor Marie  Brown

Professor of Law and International Affairs

School of International Affairs

Penn State Law

Senior Scientist in the Rock Ethics Institute

106 Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802

Office Phone: (814) 867-0399


  1. JD, Yale University
  2. MPhil, Politics, Oxford University
  3. BS, Molecular Biology, Brown University


Effective July 1, 2017, Eleanor Brown will be a professor of law at Penn State Law, a professor of international affairs in the 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. 

Brown’s forthcoming book, to be published by Oxford University Press, roots black West-Indian migrant success in the United States in the early development of property rights among slave communities and the extension of these rights to slave women in the British-colonized Caribbean.

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 Women.  She 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.

Brown was previously the youngest director of JPSCo, the electric utility owned by Korea East West Power, Marubeni Corp. of Japan, and the government of Jamaica. She chaired the Pension Fund Subcommittee of the board. She was also a member of the board appointed by the chancellor charged with septennial review of the operations of the University of Technology in Jamaica. Brown was also an external board member of Caribiz, an association of Caribbean alumnae and students of Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, formed to promote capital market development in the Caribbean. Brown is also active in the Anglican (Episcopalian) faith community.