Alexander B. Hammer
Alexander B. Hammer
Alexander Hammer has been an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs since January 2020. In August of 2020, he was appointed Director and Senior Economist of the International Trade Administration’s Economic Analysis Unit, where he has been leading a team of economists in their analysis of market conditions and economic developments in China and other emerging/transition countries. Prior to that, Alex served at the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) for fifteen years. He spent most of his time there as a Lead Economist (and Senior Economist before that) in the Office of Economics, where he headed the agency’s China Research Program, led multiple economic studies on contemporary issues in trade (e.g., advanced-technology trade, economic effects of government-supported innovation initiates, economy-wide impact analysis of intellectual property right violations), and served as Economics Editor and Editor-in-Chief for two USITC publications. Prof. Hammer also spent a third of his 15-year USITC tenure on detail/sabbatical as Deputy Chief of Staff. In that capacity, he provided executive leadership and management support and direction for the Chairman, its other Commissioners, and senior-most leadership. Alex’s other professional experiences have included a five-year tenure in the International Monetary Fund’s Asia and Pacific Department, where he analyzed economic developments in China and other transition/emerging economies for the institution’s Art IV consultation reports. Prof. Hammer also worked at the Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates for three years, and at the French Senate, Royal Institute for International Affairs, and United Nations Association for shorter durations of time.
In addition to teaching a course on “The Economics of U.S.-China Trade” at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, Prof. Hammer is a frequent lecturer at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, where he has taught U.S. diplomates and commercial service officers about the fundamental of the Chinese economy and U.S.-China economic relations. Alex earned his BA from Brandeis University and the London School of Economics, his MA in economics and China studies at the John Hopkins SAIS program, and his MBA from Duke University. He is passionate about his research on U.S.-China trade conditions and China’s ownership reform, mentoring students from a variety of disciplines, and spending time with his family.