Faculty Profiles

Dorothy A.  Brown

Dorothy A. Brown

Vice Provost, Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Federal Income Tax, Critical Race Theory, Corporate Tax, Tax Policy, Taxation

Curriculum Vitae

Dorothy A. Brown is the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs for Emory University and Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law. She is a nationally recognized scholar in tax policy, race, and class and has published extensively on the racial implications of federal tax policy. She is highly sought for her expertise in workplace inclusion issues, a respected speaker in the legal community, and a regularly engaged expert by media including Bloomberg, CNN, National Public RadioThe New York Times, National Law Journal, and Forbes.

As Vice Provost, she works on issues surrounding faculty career trajectories, including promotion and tenure practices within and across academic units as well as at the university level. She also provides senior staffing to the Presidential Advisory Committee and to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Emory University Board of Trustees.

Professor Brown joined Emory Law in 2008, focusing on federal tax law and critical race theory in her courses and scholarship. She comes to Emory from Washington and Lee University School of Law, where she taught courses in administrative law, critical race theory, federal income tax, and partnership tax and was the director of the Frances Lewis Law Center. She also has taught at George Mason University and the University of Cincinnati. 

Before becoming a professor of law, Brown worked as an adviser to J. Stephen Swift of the US Tax Court, as an associate with Haynes & Miller in Washington, DC, and as an investment banker at New York’s Drexel, Burnham & Lambert. She also was a special assistant to the Federal Housing Commissioner at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Education: JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1983; LLM (Tax), New York University School of Law, 1984; BS, Fordham University, 1980


Critical Race Theory: Cases, Materials and Problems (Thomson West 2003; second edition 2007; third edition 2014) (This book uses the case method approach and applies critical race theory to the first year curriculum: torts, contracts, criminal law, criminal procedure, civil procedure, and property. Professor Derrick Bell wrote the Preface to the second edition.)

Journal Articles

"Diversity and the High-Tech Industry," 6 Alabama Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review __ (2014).

"Law School Without Borders," 45 Seton Hall Law Review 1050 (2014) (invited).

"Lessons from Barack and Michelle Obama’s Tax Returns," Tax Notes (March 10, 2014).

"The 535 Report: A Pathway to Fundamental Tax Reform," 40 Pepperdine Law Review 1155 (April 26, 2013).

"Tales From A Tax Crit," 10 Pittsburgh Tax Review 47 (2013).

"Contested Commodities: What's Tax Policy Got to Do with It?" (edited by Michele B. Goodwin) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2013).

"Implicit Bias and the Earned Income Tax Credit in Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law 164-178" (edited by Justin D. Levinson and Robert J. Smith) (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

"Teaching Civil Rights Through The Basic Tax Course," 54 St. Louis Law Review 809 (2010).

"Shades of the American Dream," 87 Washington University Law Review 329 (2010).

"Race, Class and the Obama Tax Plan," 86 Denver Law Review 575 (2009).

Book Chapters

"Taxing the Body" in Regulating The Global Body Market: Altruism's Limits 148-159 (edited by Michele B. Goodwin) (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Op-Ed Articles

  • March 27, 2015: "How Howard Schultz and Starbucks Should Have Addressed Race," Forbes.com.
  • March 9, 2015: "Law Schools Are in a Death Spiral. Maybe Now They'll Finally Change" Forbes.com.
  • March 5, 2015: "Ferguson's Perfect Storm of Racism," CNN.com
  • November 5, 2014: "Why Black Voters Didn’t Help GOP Win," CNN.com
  • August 14, 2014: "How Ferguson’s citizens can take back power," CNN.com
  • July 14, 2014: "Why Holder remark made white people mad," CNN.com
  • June 23, 2014: "Pay Gaps at Colleges Affect Even Those on Top," nytimes.com
  • March 17, 2014: "Paula Deen’s Alternate Universe," CNN.com
  • October 3, 2013: "Keep the Judges Out of It and Keep Negotiating," nytimes.com (Room for Debate) (invited submission)
  • April 17, 2013: "The Only Path for Elderly Citizens," nytimes.com (Room for Debate) (invited submission)
  • April 17, 2013: "It’s Time We Learned What Members of Congress Pay In Taxes," Forbes.com.
  • April 15, 2013: "A Reboot For Legal Education," Law.com.
  • December 10, 2012: "How Home Ownership Keeps Blacks Poorer Than Whites," Forbes.com.
  • November 18, 2012: "A Real World Approach to Diversity," Law.com.
  • September 16, 2012: "Harry Reid has a Glass House Quandary on Taxes," Bloomberg.com.
  • April 17, 2012: "Let's Kill the Progressive Tax Rate System," CNN.com.
  • December 3, 2010: "End the Unfair Tax Break for Homeowners," CNN.com.
  • June 16, 2010: "BP Right to Stop Paying Dividends," CNN.com.
  • March 9, 2009: "Two Americas, Two Tax Codes," The New York Times, Sec. 1, at A21.
  • April 8, 2006: "A Tax Credit or a Handout?," The New York Times, Sec. 1, at A23.
  • January 25, 2004: "In Sickness, in Health and in the Tax Code," The New York Times, Sec. 4, at 15.

Media Appearances

  • January 11, 2013: Need to Know, PBS Segment: A Tale of Four Tax Returns.
  • December 17, 2012: Why Not Raise Capital Gaines Taxes?; NPR interview.
  • December 10, 2012: Fiscal Cliff: Cutting the Untouchable; NPR interview.
  • March 12, 2012: Starting Point, Interview with Soledad O'Brien.
  • March 9, 2012: Need to Know, PBS segment: Cleaning up the Tax Mess.
  • September 2009: CNN International with host Hala Gorani.
  • March 2005: Jesse Jackson Show.