Chelsea  Brown

Fellow, John G. Tower Center for Political Studies, SMU

3300 University Blvd 206 Carr Collins Hall
(214) 768-4936

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Chelsea Brown received her Ph.D. from the University of North Texas in 2007, and is a lecturer in the Political Science Department.  She has an MBA (2002) from Texas Christian University and an MSc (2002) from ESC in Dijon, France.  Prior to SMU, she was a visiting professor at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and also worked for the Foreign Agricultural Service in Moscow.  

She specializes in comparative political economy, and her research interests include political and economic development, foreign policy, democracy, and globalization.  Currently, she is working on a project that examines the effects of financial market development on inequality and poverty.

Education and Honors

  • Ph.D., Comparative Political Economy, University of North Texas, 2008
    • Dissertation Title: The Road to Development is Paved With Good Institutions: The Political and Economic Implications of Financial Markets
  • M.S., Finance, Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Dijon, 2002
  • M.B.A., Management,Texas Christian University, 2002
  • B.A., Political Science, University of North Texas, 2000

Publications, Speeches and Presentations


  • Brown, Chelsea. forthcoming 2009. “Pursuing Development in the Era of Free Trade: Designing Post-Washington Consensus Institutions,” The Law and Business Review of the Americas.
  • Meernik, James and Chelsea Brown. 2007. “The Short Path and the Long Road: Explaining the Duration of United States Military Operations,” The Journal of Peace Research. 44(1)
  • Brown, Chelsea. 2007. “The 1972 Burundi Genocide.” In Civil Wars of the World: Major Conflicts Since World War II, eds. Karl DeRouen and Uk Heo. Denver, ABL-CLIO
  • Brown, Chelsea.  “Democracy and the IMF: The Effects of Structural Reforms,” Revise and resubmit at the International Political Science Review.

Conference Presentations

  • “Financial Markets and the Incidence of Civil War” To be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, MA August 28, 2008.
  • “Finance and Human Rights: Do Better Financial Markets Add Up to Better Human Rights Protection?” (with student Bahar Dave).  To be presented at the Peace Science Society North American Meeting, Claremont, CA October 24-26, 2008.
  • “Integration and Institutional Reform: Should the Washington Consensus Be Revived?” Paper presented at the Free Trade of the Americas: Can the Washington Consensus be Revived? Conference sponsored by the Jno Owens Foundation, Dallas, TX April 11, 2008.
  • “Markets, States and Development: The Political Implications of Financial Markets” Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL August 30-September 2, 2007.
  • “International Bond Rates and Political Events: A Time Series Analysis” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL April 15-17, 2004.
  • “Democracy and the IMF: A Closer Look at the Effects of Structural Adjustment” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Portland, OR March 12, 2004.