Braithwaite was a Senior Economist at the World Bank, most recently in the Social Protection Group, Human Development Network, where she worked on social protection policy and poverty analysis.
She specializes in the study of Turkey, the former Soviet Union, and medium-income Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland and Mauritius), and has provided policy advice to governments while on negotiating missions and staff visits. She has written many Bank reports, including poverty assessments for Turkey, Russia, Armenia, Moldova, Hungary, and Ukraine.
In addition, she has operational experience in Cambodia, Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Jamaica, Jordan, Georgia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Romania and Turkmenistan.
She teaches courses on development, the international financial institutions, macroeconomic policy, and public policy. She has also taught at Georgetown, George Mason, American, Maryland and Kalamazoo College.
An alumna of the University of Virginia, she served as a Resident Assistant while enrolled and was both an Echols Scholar and a member of the Raven Society. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Russian Area Studies from Georgetown and her doctorate in economics at Duke University.