EPPC Welcomes Patrick T. Brown as Fellow in Family Policy


June 1, 2021


The Ethics and Public Policy Center is pleased to announce that Patrick T. Brown, a former senior Senate staffer in the Joint Economic Committee and family policy analyst, has joined EPPC as a Fellow, working on pro-family social and economic policy.

“The Ethics and Public Policy Center is committed to defending the family in theory, in policy, and in practice. In addition to the work of our Theology of Home project, thoughtful engagement in the battles over what a truly pro-family economic policy agenda looks like is essential,” said EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson. “Patrick is perfectly situated to play a significant role in those conversations. His commitment to moral truth and his background in data-driven analysis and rigorous research have already established him as a leading voice in supporting families through public policy, and he’ll only grow more important through his work at EPPC.”

Brown most recently served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Congress’s Joint Economic Committee (JEC), where he published reports on child care affordability and education policy. He helped lead research about how to make it more affordable to raise a family and more effectively invest in youth and young adults for the JEC’s Social Capital Project. His work on pro-family tax policy, child care, education policy, anti-poverty programs, and other topics has been published at National Review, The Washington Post, National Affairs, Newsweek, Public Discourse, America, The American Conservative, and elsewhere.

“Patrick Brown is an ideal fit for EPPC—a gifted policy scholar with his eye on the centrality of family life for the flourishing of the human person. He is exactly the kind of rigorous, creative analyst our policy debates so badly need,” said Yuval Levin, director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

In addition to his work on family policy, Brown will continue to edit and produce the “Edgerton Essays” series as a joint project of EPPC and American Compass, a think tank devoted to building a conservative economic consensus that prioritizes family, community, and industry. The series features the first-person perspectives of working-class Americans.

“Patrick has made enormous contributions to American Compass this year and we are thrilled to be collaborating with him in his new role. He is one of America’s most thoughtful and innovative young conservative scholars and EPPC will provide an ideal home for his work,” said Oren Cass, Executive Director of American Compass.

“Patrick Brown is a smart and seasoned veteran of the Hill with a strong command of the family policy arena. I’m so glad he will bring his wisdom and fresh thinking on family policy to EPPC,” added W. Bradford Wilcox, professor of sociology at the University of Virginia.

Brown earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and received a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In addition to his time on Capitol Hill, he has held positions as a policy fellow with the Institute for Family Studies, a contributing editor with American Compass, and a government affairs staffer with Catholic Charities USA. He and his wife Jessica have three young children and live in Columbia, S.C.


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