Christian Brown

Curriculum Vitae

March 2024

Regulatory economics, applied microeconomics (labor & health)

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


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

Previous Positions

Johns Hopkins University (1/2020 – 5/2020, 8/2022 – 12/2022)

    Lecturer, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Advanced Academic Programs, Applied Economics

Missouri Southern State University (1/2019 – 5/2019)

    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, Michael Bazaco, Kurt Nolte, Stelios Viazis, Tyann Blessington, Nathan Biemiller, and Travis Minor (2023). Examining Market and Weather Events as Signals of an Increased Probability of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli Outbreaks Linked to Romaine Lettuce. Food Control 145, 109479.

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.

    Press: "Employers Are Discriminating Against Overweight Women — And It’s Totally Legal" Catherine Pearson, Huffington Post

                   "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)

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

Referee and Reviews

Armed Forces & Society (4), Economics & Human Biology (4), Foodborne Pathogens and Disease (13), Health Economics, Journal of Public Health: From Theory to Practice, Oxford Development Studies, Research in Higher Education, The Review of Black Political Economy, Social Forces(2), Social Science & Medicine, Social Science Quarterly, USDA Economic Research Service Economic Information Bulletin series


Georgia Gwinnett College Teaching, Learning, and Research Symposium abstract review (2021 2023)

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) 


2021    FDA Science Forum (poster)    

2019    FDA Economics Brown Bag Series

2018    MEA, SEA

2016    ASHEcon (poster), 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

Awards, Honors, Professional Societies, Etc.

FDA Group Recognition Award, Agricultural Water Team (2023)

FDA Group Recognition Award, Office of Clinical Policy and Programs Human Subject Protection Harmonization Team (2023)

FDA Commissioner's Special Recognition Award, Agricultural Water Regulation Team (2022)

FDA OPLIA Special Recognition Award (2022) 

FDA Group Recognition Award, IRB Waiver of Informed Consent Working Group (2021)

FDA OPLIA Special Recognition Award (2021)

Belmont University Massey College of Business Alumni Successes citation (2020)

Outstanding Service Award, Office of the Commissioner (2020)

FDA Group Recognition Award, Single Patient Expanded Access Working Group (2018)

Invited Speaker, Omicron Delta Epsilon Belmont University (2018)

FDA Commissioner Recognition Award, FSMA Economics Group (2016)

Academic Council faculty honoree, Skidmore (2013)

Graduate Student Teaching Award, MTSU (2011 – 2012)

1st Place, MTSU Scholars Week 2011

Beta Gamma Sigma