Alfred E. Eckes

Ohio University, United States




Alfred Eckes is Eminent Research Professor Emeritus in History, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. His research focuses on international trade and financial issues. From 1981 to 1990, Professor Eckes was a Commissioner (Chairman, 1982-84) of the U.S. International Trade Commission. He was nominated by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed with the approval of the U.S. Senate. Prior to that, Eckes was staff director of a congressional committee, edited the editorial page of the Columbus Dispatch, and taught history at the Ohio State University in Columbus. Eckes graduated from Washington and Lee University (BA, 1964), the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (MA, 1966), and the University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D., 1969). He studied international economics at Cambridge University on a Fulbright Fellowship. His influential publications include: Opening America’s Market: U.S. Foreign Trade Policy since 1776 (University of North Carolina Press, 1995); Revisiting U.S. Trade Policy: Decisions in Perspective (Ohio University Press, 2000); U.S. Trade Issues: A Reference Handbook (ABC-CLIO, 2009); The Contemporary Global Economy: A History since 1980 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). He is co-author with William Lovett (Tulane Law School) and Richard Brinkman (Portland State University, economics), U.S. Trade Policy: History, Theory and the WTO (Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 1999). He is also co-author with Thomas Zeiler (University of Colorado), Globalization and the American Century (Cambridge University Press, 2003).