Laura Brown

Executive Vice President; JSTOR Managing Director

Laura Brown is the executive vice president for ITHAKA, and the JSTOR managing director. Laura previously served as the managing director of Ithaka S+R. Ms. Brown is the author of the ITHAKA report University Publishing in A Digital Age, and oversees work on a number of research programs and consulting projects, including the sustainability of academic initiatives, new models for library collaboration, changing faculty attitudes and publishing behaviors, open courseware and university-sponsored online courses, and new e-book publishing models for university presses.


Prior to joining ITHAKA, Ms. Brown was the president of Oxford University Press, USA, where she spent most of her professional career. She has led a variety of publishing divisions, including scholarly, professional, reference, trade, and textbooks operations, and helped Oxford to make the transition to digital publishing. Currently an overseer of the University of Pennsylvania libraries, Ms. Brown also serves on the Board of The MIT Press, and The Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation.


She holds a bachelor of arts from Goucher College, a master of arts from Johns Hopkins University, and a master of fine arts in painting from Indiana University.