Christian Brown
Curriculum Vitae
January 2021

Citizenship: United States

Current Positions

Senior Economist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (4/2019 – present)
    Office of the Commissioner, Office of Policy, Legislation, and International Affairs, Office of Economics and Analysis, Economics Staff

Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University (1/2020 – present)
    Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Advanced Academic Programs, Applied Economics


PhD Economics, Middle Tennessee State University 2013
Dissertation: Modern American Incarceration and Labor Economics

MA Economics, Middle Tennessee State University 2010

BBA cum laude Economics, Belmont University 2009

Areas of Specialization

Fields: Regulatory economics, applied microeconomics (labor & health)
Topics: Food, drugs, medical devices, US incarceration, health and obesity, applications of longitudinal quantile regression

Previous Positions

    Adjunct Professor, School of Business, Department of Business Administration

Black Hills State University (1/2017 – 5/2017)
    Adjunct Instructor, College of Business and Natural Sciences, School of Business

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (6/2014 present)
    Senior Economist, Office of the Commissioner/Office of Policy, Planning, Legislation, and Analysis/Office of Planning/Economics Staff (12/2018 – 4/2019)
    Economist, Office of the Commissioner/OPPLA/OPL/ECS (8/2015  12/2018)
    Staff Fellow, Office of the Commissioner/OPPLA/OPL/ECS (6/2014 – 8/2015)
    Staff Fellow, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition/Office of Regulations Planning and Social Sciences (6/2014 – 7/2014)

Skidmore College
(8/2013 – 5/2014)
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics

Middle Tennessee State University
    Instructor/Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics and Finance (8/2012 – 6/2013)
    Graduate Research Assistant, Charles Baum (1/2012 – 7/2012)
    Instructor/Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics and Finance (9/2011 – 12/2011)
    Linux Server Administrator/Graduate Research Assistant, E. Anthon Eff (7/2010 – 8/2011)
    Graduate Research Assistant, Emily Zietz (7/2009 – 6/2010)


Brown, Christian (2019). Incarceration and Earnings: Distributional and Long-Term Effects. Journal of Labor Research 40(1), 58-83.

Brown, Christian, and P. Wesley Routon (2018). On the Distributional and Evolutionary Nature of the Obesity Wage Penalty. Economics & Human Biology (28), 160-172.
              "Washington State Supreme Court Rules That Obesity Is A Disability" Sarah Kim, Forbes
Brown, Christian (2017). The Effects of Maternal Incarceration on Long-Term Economic Outcomes. LABOUR: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations 31(1), 43-58.

Brown, Christian, and P. Wesley Routon (2016). Military Service and the Civilian Labor Force: Time- and Income-Based Evidence. Armed Forces & Society 42(3), 562-584. 

Brown, Christian (2015). Returns to Postincarceration Education for Former Prisoners. Social Science Quarterly, 96(1), 161-175.

Brown, Christian, and E. Anthon Eff (2010). The State and the Supernatural: Support for Prosocial Behavior. Structure and Dynamics: eJournal of Anthropological and Related Science, 4(1), 74-95.

Working Papers

Diabetes, Obesity, and Related Health Complications: Using Multiple Treatment Propensity Scores to Overcome Estimate Bias (with Travis Minor, under review)
Obesity, Weight Gain, and Self-Perceived Health (with P. Wesley Routon, under review)

Works in Progress

A Pathway Model of Obesity and Labor Outcomes
The Economics of Sleep (with Robert Girtz)


2019     FDA Economics Brown Bag Series
2018     MEA, SEA
2016     ASHEcon (poster session), MEA (coauthor), SEA (coauthor)
2015     SEA (session chair "Food Insecurity, Nutrition, and Obesity")
2014     MEA, FDA/CFSAN, Skidmore College
2013     FDA/CFSAN, MTSU Scholars Week, Slippery Rock University
2012     MTSU Scholars Week, MEA, MTSU Department of Economics, SEA (session chair "Labor Market Outcomes II")
2011     MTSU Scholars Week, MTSU Department of Economics

Meetings, Workshops, and Training

2020    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Environmental Health Risk Analysis and Applications
2019    FDA Epidemiology Course Series, Field IQ: On-Farm Inspection Etiquette, VBA Excel, California Specialty Crops Council Tour
2018    FDA Effective Graphics for Publishing, FDA Epidemiology Special Topics, Elsevier How to Get Published in a Research Journal, NORD Summit
2017    FDA Epidemiology Course Series, FDLI/CFSAN Introduction to Food, Dietary Supplement and Cosmetic Law and Regulation, FDA Introduction to Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials, Mastering the Art of Technical Writing, FDA Plain Language
2016    ASSA/AEA, RTI Applying IRI Store and Household Scanner Data in Food Economics Studies
2015    ASSA/AEA, Nielsen Scanning Fundamentals, @RISK, FDA Basic Food and Drug Law
2014    USFDA Proposed Rules on the Nutrition and Supplements Facts Labels Public Meeting

Courses Taught

Johns Hopkins University
    AS404 - Econometrics (MS Applied Economics program)

Missouri Southern State University
    ECON 201 - Principles of Macroeconomics (online)
    ECON 202 - Principles of Microeconomics (online, MSSU Certified Quality Best Practices Course)

Black Hills State University
    ECON 201 - Principles of Microeconomics (online)

Skidmore College 
    EC 104 - Introduction to Microeconomics
    EC 236 - Microeconomic Theory (intermediate)
    EC 361 - Economics of Crime (created course)

Middle Tennessee State University
    ECON 2410 - Principles of Macroeconomics
    ECON 2420 - Principles of Microeconomics
    ECON/MGMT 4510 - Unions & Collective Bargaining



Georgia Gwinnett College 2021 Teaching, Learning, and Research Symposium abstract review
Recruiting, FDA Economics (2014 – 2015, 2015 – 2016)
Social Sciences Editor, Scientia et Humanitas: A Journal of Student Research, MTSU (2012 – 2013)
Acting Delegate, MTSU Graduate Student Association (2011 – 2013)

Awards, Honors, Professional Societies, Etc.

FDA OPLIA Special Recognition Award (2021)
Belmont University Massey College of Business Alumni Successes citation (2020)
Outstanding Service Award, Office of the Commissioner (2020)
Signatory, Economists' Statement on Carbon Dividends (2019)
FDA Group Recognition Award, Single Patient Expanded Access Working Group (2018)
Invited Speaker, Omicron Delta Epsilon Belmont University (2018)
Commissioner Recognition Award, FSMA Economics Group (2016)
White House East Wing invited tour, FDA (2015)
Academic Council faculty honoree, Skidmore (2013)
Graduate Student Teaching Award, MTSU (2011 – 2012)
1st Place ($100), MTSU Scholars Week 2011
Graduate Assistantship, MTSU (2009 – 2013)
Beta Gamma Sigma
Midwest Economics Association
Southern Economics Association


Windows, Linux, Mac OS
Stata, R, SAS, SQL,
VBA, @RISK, LaTeX, Matlab, Gretl, Office