Brett is the inaugural Kogod Regional Innovation Chair and associate professor (with tenure) at the Kogod School of Business at American University. Her research spans economic geography, internationalization and performance streams of literature. Current projects are focused on examining emerging technology communities in six countries, and understanding emerging "clean energy" technologies, and the factors that allow these technologies to enter the market. Her research is published or forthcoming in Foundations & Trends in Entrepreneurship; the Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Research Policy, Small Business Economics Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Strategic Management Journal. In addition to prior work as an editor for Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal, Brett was a Representative at Large for the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management, and an advisory council member for the Texas Emerging Technology Fund.