Dr. Judith M. Dean is currently a Senior International Economist in the Research Division, Office of Economics of the US International Trade Commission in Washington, DC. She graduated from Gordon College with a B.A. in economics and went on to Cornell University for an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics. Judy has spent most of her career in academics, first as assistant professor at Bowdoin College, and then as associate professor at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. She has also consulted for the World Bank and been a Visiting Scholar at the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India.
Judy's teaching and research focus on the impact of trade policies on developing countries. Much of her recent work has explored the relationship between international trade and the environment, and its implications for developing countries like China. She has also written extensively on the impact of U.S. trade barriers on poor countries, and trade liberalization in developing countries. Her most recent study is forthcoming in the National Bureau of Economic Research book, China's Growing Role in World Trade. At the ITC, Judy is responsible for designing and carrying out large multi-year research projects on U.S. trade with China and with India.
An active member of the Association of Christian Economists, Judy tries to integrate her faith and work with the real world. During her tenure as ACE president, she wrote "Being a Good Physician," for an ACE conference exploring how Christian faith impacts economic research. Her recent book, Attacking Poverty in the Developing World (2005), co-edited with Julie Schaffner and Stephen Smith, emerged from the ACE 20th anniversary conference fostering collaboration between academics and practitioners working on global poverty alleviation. Judy also currently serves on the editorial board of ACE's journal, Faith and Economics. In her work on the Board of World Relief, she has discovered new ways to link her academic work with Christian relief and development efforts in many countries.
As a Christian professor, Judy has a long history of working with Christian students through Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. She has served on the Board of the Institute for Advanced Christian Studies, and has been a guest speaker for the CCCU and the CPJ CIVITAS programs. She has also been a mentor in the National Center for Leadership program in Washington. In 2003 she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Gordon College, and in 2007 joined the IVCF Faculty Ministries Advisory Council.
Judy attends 4th Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, where she serves in the music ministry. When not at work or church, she has been spotted attending microfinance meetings in Rwanda, attempting to speak Bengali in India, and singing Mozart in Washington.