As I said yesterday, this is the season where we hear about a lot of exciting lateral moves, like this one: my friend Eleanor Brown is moving from George Washington University Law School, where she is a professor, to Penn State, where she will be professor of law, a professor of international affairs in the School of International Affairs (SIA), and a senior scientist in the Rock Ethics Institute. Cribbing now from the Penn State press release:
“I am thrilled that Eleanor Brown will be joining us at Penn State," said Dean Designate Hari Osofsky, who will become dean of Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs on July 1. "She brings so much to our community as both a scholar and human being. Her cutting-edge scholarship at the intersection of property and migration provides important insights into how property ownership influences patterns of success, and her forthcoming book will make a major contribution to these fields. Her work has many synergies in the law school and SIA, and across the University, and I look forward to what we will build together with her.”
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.
“Eleanor Brown’s groundbreaking research exemplifies the interdisciplinary spirit of the Rock Ethics Institute,” said Ted Toadvine, the Nancy Tuana Director of the Rock Ethics Institute. “We are excited by the fresh perspectives and collaborative opportunities that she brings to our research programs in the ethics of borders, democracy and human rights, and critical philosophy of race. Her contributions will be central to our mission of cultivating ethical literacy and leadership across the Penn State community and beyond.”
“I am so pleased to be joining Penn State,” said Brown. “I very much look forward to working on the issues of immigration, property, and asset acquisition through the lens of globalization and development, and engaging with students on these issues—in the classroom and beyond. The opportunities for interdisciplinary work between the departments that I am joining, and indeed across the wider University are tremendous.”
Brown, a Jamaican national, 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.
More details of Eleanor's many accomplishments are at the Penn State press release. Congratulations to Penn State and to Professor Brown. This is exciting for everyone. And on a personal note, let me add that if you haven't already had a chance to read Eleanor's work I know you'll enjoy it -- one of my favorite pieces is her response to Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld, which appeared in the California Law Review recently. It will come as no surprise that I'm deeply interested in her forthcoming book on property rights in the Caribbean slave community -- I heard a piece of this at her conference at the University of Dayton a few weeks back.