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 as well as social protection and labor reviews for Botswana, Kosovo, and Swaziland. In addition, she has operational experience in Cambodia, Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Jamaica, Jordan, Georgia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Romania and Turkmenistan.
At Batten, Braithwaite teaches courses on development, development policy nudges, household data analysis, the international financial institutions, macroeconomic policy, and applied public policy project. She has also taught at Georgetown, George Mason, American, Maryland, and Kalamazoo College.
Braithwaite is launching a new program of joint research with the University of Venda (Univen), South Africa, on poverty, welfare, social grants and traditional healing in Limpopo Province. Univen and UVa have close collaborations on research and exchanges of students and faculty on health and water with the UVa Medical School and UVa Engineering. Batten will link up with the School of Human and Social Sciences of Univen.
An alumna of the University of Virginia, she served as a Resident Assistant and was an Echols Scholar and a member of the Raven, Jefferson Literary and Debating, and Omicron Delta Kappa Societies. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Russian Area Studies from Georgetown and her doctorate in economics at Duke University.