Stephen Brown, Ph.D.
Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Stephen P.A. Brown is a professor of economics at Lee Business School at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is also editor of the international academic journal Energy Policy and a visiting fellow at Resources for the Future (a Washington, DC based think tank that specializes in energy, environmental and natural resource economics).
An internationally recognized scholar for his work in energy economics, Dr. Brown has conducted economic research and analysis in such areas as energy, environment, natural resources, climate policy, public finance, macroeconomics and regional economic growth.
Prior to joining the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Dr. Brown was nonresident fellow and co-director of the Center for Energy Economics and Policy at Resources for the Future. From 1981 through 2008, Dr. Brown pursued economic research and analysis at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. While at the Dallas Fed, he created and directed the regional economics group and later created and directed the energy and microeconomic policy group. He also managed the Dallas Fed publications, The Southwest Economy and Economic and Financial Review.
Dr. Brown is on the advisory board for the journal Energy Economics, a regular participant in meetings of the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum, and previously served on the American Statistical Association's advisory board for the U.S. Energy Information Administration. In addition to UNLV, he also has taught at several universities including Arizona State University, the University of Colorado–Denver, Southern Methodist University, and Tulane University.
Dr. Brown was honored as a senior fellow by the U.S. Association for Energy Economics in 2008, and his coauthored article, "What Drives Natural Gas Prices?" was recognized by the International Association for Energy Economics as the best article published in The Energy Journal during 2008.
Dr. Brown’s research has been funded by grants from such organizations as the National Academy of Sciences, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Bertelsmann Foundation, the National Energy Policy Institute, the National Commission for Energy Policy, the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and Resources for the Future. He also designed the model used by the U.S. Department of Interior to evaluate its offshore oil and natural gas leasing programs.
Dr. Brown holds a B.S. in economics from California Polytechnic State University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland.