Judith Dean

Dr. Judith M. Dean is Professor of International Economics in the International Business School at Brandeis University. 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. Prior to joining Brandeis, she was a Senior International Economist in the Research Division, Office of Economics of the US International Trade Commission in Washington, DC.  She has been a consultant to the World Bank, and a Visiting Scholar at the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India, and the Clayton Yeutter International Trade Program, University of Nebraska. 

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. In two current projects, Judy is exploring the role of trade in the dramatic reduction in Chinese industrial emissions, and the in the remarkable improvement in Indian poverty.   

An active member of the Association of Christian Economists, Judy tries to integrate her faith and work with the real world. Her most recent ACE work, “Trade with Developing Countries in a Global Value Chain World,” was presented in 2018 as part of an ACE Panel session at the ASSA Meetings, on Values-Based Perspectives on Recent Trends in Globalization. She has also been active in 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. Her many years on the Board of World Relief helped her discover 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 served for many years on the  Board of Trustees of Gordon College.  In 2018 Judy was invited to give the Gordon College Center for Faith and Inquiry, Fourth Annual John Mason Memorial Lecture. 

Judy attends Park Street Church in Boston, 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.

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