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Craig VanGrasstek
Senior Fellow


"Craig VanGrasstek," according to The Economist, "keeps a sharp eye on the politics of trade." He is the Executive Director of the Program on Trade and Negotiations at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where he also teaches courses on the political economy of trade policy in both the executive education and degree programs. He is also on the faculty of the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service (Georgetown University), where he teaches an innovative course on literature and foreign policy. Dr. VanGrasstek served on the adjunct faculty of the American University's School of International Service during 1994-2001, and has also lectured at other universities in the United States and abroad, at the State Department's Foreign Service Institute, and at training courses and seminars sponsored by U.S. Government agencies and international organizations.

His firm, Washington Trade Reports, specializes in monitoring and analyzing current issues in trade policy. Dr. VanGrasstek has worked as a consultant for the World Trade Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the World Bank, and other international organizations, as well as government agencies and private firms. He has worked in over three dozen countries on five continents.

Dr. VanGrasstek received his doctorate in Politics from Princeton University in 1997. He also holds the degree of Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University (1983), and received a bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Minnesota (1981).

In addition to numerous reports to international organizations, book chapters, and journal articles, Dr. VanGrasstek's publications include the second revised edition of the Smithsonian Institution's Scholars' Guide to Washington, D.C. for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992), and (with Stephen Lande) The Trade and Tariff Act of 1984: Trade Policy in the Reagan Administration (Lexington, Massachusetts: Lexington Books, 1986).