The U.S. Department of State has named Chad P. Bown as chief economist.
In the new role, he will be tasked with leading the Office of the Chief Economist, which provides the department with economic analysis of high-priority issues and areas of U.S. foreign policy.
Bown’s research examines international trade laws and institutions, trade negotiations, and trade disputes. He is the host of Trade Talks, a podcast about the economics of international trade and policy.
Commenting on his appointment, the U.S. State Department said: “Dr. Bown’s appointment demonstrates Secretary Blinken’s commitment to the State Department’s modernization agenda, ensuring economic data and analysis is infused into the work of the Department at all levels.” It added: “The appointment also highlights the importance of increasing the Department’s ability to analyze and understand how economics influences virtually every major foreign policy challenge.”