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Gregory Brown

Gregory Brown

Van and Kay Weatherspoon Distinguished Professor of Finance


McColl 4111, CB 3440 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490


Greg Brown’s research centers on alternative investments, including hedge funds and private equity funds. He also is a leading expert on financial risk and the use of derivative contracts as risk management tools.

He is the founder and research director of the Institute for Private Capital, faculty director of the Hodges Scholars Program and a member of the Private Equity Research Consortium (PERC) advisory board.

Dr. Brown served as the executive director of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise from 2015-2023.

His research has been published in leading academic and practitioner finance journals, including The Journal of FinanceThe Journal of Financial EconomicsThe Review of Financial StudiesThe Journal of Derivatives, The Journal of Portfolio Management and The Financial Analyst Journal. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Alternative Investments.

Dr. Brown serves on the board of directors of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association.

He previously served as director of research for Amundi Smith Breeden, a global asset management firm specializing in fixed income investments. He has served as a consultant on financial risk and portfolio management for money management firms, the U.S. government, non-profits and Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to joining UNC Kenan-Flagler, he worked at the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System in the division of research and statistics. He also worked in artist relations for a subsidiary of Capitol Records.

He received his PhD in finance from the University of Texas at Austin and his BS with honors in physics and economics from Duke University.

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