Jacqueline N. Brown’s research interests center on intersections of place, race and nation. Her work treats place and other geographical phenomena as lenses through which to understand contemporary formations of race and nation. She also contributes to diaspora theory, feminist geography, and the anthropology of Black Europe.

Her scholarship to date has been based on ethnographic research in Liverpool, England. Her book, Dropping Anchor, Setting Sail: Geographies of Race in Black Liverpool (Princeton, 2005) showed the inextricable relationship between racial identity, politics and subjectivity in Liverpool on the one hand, and the politics of place in Britain writ large on the other hand. It also argues for treating the local and the global not merely as spatial categories but as profoundly racialized ones, while also offering a feminist critique of the Black Atlantic paradigm. Her work has appeared in Cultural Anthropology, American Ethnologist, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography.