A specialist in 19th-century French art, Brown has published essays in numerous art journals and exhibition catalogues. She is author of DEGAS AND THE BUSINESS OF ART: A COTTON OFFICE IN NEW ORLEANS (Penn State, 1994), GYPSIES AND OTHER BOHEMIANS: THE MYTH OF THE ARTIST IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY FRANCE (UMI Research, 1985), and editor of (and contributor to) PICTURING CHILDREN: CONSTRUCTIONS OF CHILDHOOD BETWEEN ROUSSEAU AND FREUD (Ashgate, 2002). She received the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Prize and the Nineteenth Century Studies Association Prize for ''Miss La La's' Teeth: Reflections on Degas and 'Race',' ART BULLETIN (Dec 2007). Current projects include a book, PICTURING THE ‘GAMIN DE PARIS’: DELACROIX, HUGO, AND THE FRENCH SOCIAL IMAGINARY, forthcoming, Routledge.
Nineteenth-Century French Art, social art history, issues of race and gender, representations of children