The University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleThe Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy

Theodore Brown

Ted Brown

Ted Brown

Theodore Brown, JD Curriculum Vitae Theodore Brown

Fellow, Baker Studies Program


Expertise: American Legal History

BS, History, University of Tennessee, 1971

JD, Law, Vanderbilt University, 1978


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Ted Brown is a lecturer in the University of Tennessee’s Department of Political Science, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Judicial Process, and Law in American Society. He is also an adjunct professor of Law in American Legal History at the University of Tennessee’s College of Law. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1949, Brown grew up in Etowah, Tennessee. He practiced law in Atlanta for 25 years before returning to Knoxville in 2006 to begin his teaching career. At the Baker Center, he researches governance, including the works of Senators Baker and Kefauver, and he has edited the Baker Center Journal of Applied Public Policy.


Selected Publications:

“John Catron: Tennessee Supreme Court Justice and U.S. Supreme Court Justice.” in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Law and Politics, 2008, Volume 11. The University of North Carolina Press.


Book Review: Andrew Jackson and the Politics of Martial Law: Nationalism, Civil Liberties, and Partisanship. 2008, The Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Winter Issue.


“The Formative Period in the History of the Supreme Court of Tennessee, 1796–1835,” in A History of the Tennessee Supreme Court, 2002, The University of Tennessee Press.


Co-Editor with Professor James W. Ely, Jr., Legal Papers of Andrew Jackson, 1987, The University of Tennessee Press.


Biographical Profiles: U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver (D. Tenn.), early Tennessee jurists John Overton and John McNairy, and Tennessee Supreme Court Justice William J. Harbison in The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, 1998, The Tennessee Historical Society / Rutledge Hill Press.