A consultant for the Library of Congress's "Open World" exchange program with the Russian Federation, he has written for the Washington Post, Nation (on-line), TomPaine.com, Moscow Times, and American Diplomacy.
Brown, who received a Ph.D. in Russian History from Princeton University in 1977, was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service from 1981 until March 10, 2003, where he resigned over the war in Iraq. He served in London, Prague, Kraków, Kiev, Belgrade and Moscow. He is co-author (with S. Grant) of The Russian Empire and the Soviet Union: A Guide to Archival and Manuscript Materials in the United States. His other published writings include research on Russian history as well as articles in the Polish and Serbian press.
- Interview with John H. Brown, Ret. State Department, Foreign Service Officer, Echo Chamber Project, July 15, 2004. Retrieved on July 25, 2007.
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- "Morality Mission: How Karen Hughes Sees Her Job," by John Brown, Common Dreams, November 23, 2005