Peter Cowhey

Peter F. Cowhey is Peter Cowhey is the interim Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Communications and Technology Policy at UC San Diego. He is a leading expert on the future of communications and information technology markets and policy, specializing in US trade policy, foreign policy, the Internet, global biological threats, international corporate strategy and the microfinance industry to alleviate poverty. He has published extensively on comparative foreign policy and international issues involving Asia and the United States. He has also done extensive work on international trade, technology and investment policy. His special expertise is the international communications and information industries. 

In 2009, Cowhey served a 12-month assignment as the senior counselor to Ambassador Kirk in the Office of the United States Trade Representative under President Barack Obama. His responsibilities included working with Ambassador Kirk on the strategic agenda for trade policy while supervising the work of USTR offices for the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, Market Access and Competitiveness, Intellectual Property, and Services and Investment.

Cowhey’s most recent book is Transforming Global Information and Communication Markets: The Political Economy of Innovation (with J. Aronson and D. Abelson), MIT Press, 2009. He has a PhD in political science from UC Berkeley.

US trade policy, foreign policy, the Internet, global biological threats, international corporate strategy

IGCC Director (1999‒2006)