Brown received her PhD in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School in 2006. Prior to joining the Center, she was a postdoctoral fellow in Finance and Economics at the University of Technology, Sydney and a temporary assistant professor at American University. Her primary research interests are the causes and consequences of collusion, misinformation, fraud, and distorted incentives, particularly in the audit and teaching professions. She is writing a book Information Theater: When the Watchers are Blind, which is a history of the failure of the financial audit profession to serve its public purpose.
At present, Brown is a Senior Economist in the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Financial Markets and Community Investments Group.