Karen Brown

Theodore Rinehart Professor of Business Law
George Washington University

Karen Brown is the Theodore Rinehart Professor of Business Law at the George Washington University School of Law. Before joining the Law School faculty, Professor Brown was a Professor of Law at the Brooklyn Law School and at the University of Minnesota where she was the Julius E. Davis Professor of Law for 1995–96 and received the Stanley V. Kinyon Award for excellence in teaching in 1997. At the University of Minnesota she also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1995 to 1997. Before beginning her teaching career, Professor Brown was a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, and an associate at Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, DC.

Professor Brown’s teaching and scholarship interests are in the areas of income, corporate, and international taxation. She has co-written a book on international tax transactions and co-edited a book on tax reform. She has written numerous articles and book chapters and delivered many presentations on federal taxation. Professor Brown is a member of the American Law Institute, the International Fiscal Association, and the International Academy for Comparative Law.

LL.M., New York University
J.D., New York University
B.A. Princeton University

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