Barbara R Kotschwar


Adjunct Professor - Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)


School of Foreign Service (SFS)
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202 328 9000

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484 ICC

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By appointment


Barbara Kotschwar is an adjunct professor of Latin American studies and economics at Georgetown University, where she has taught courses on political economy and trade and integration in the Americas since 1998.

When she is not teaching at Georgetown, she is a Senior Investment Policy Officer in the Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice at the World Bank. In this capacity she provides technical assistance in investment policy to Member States and leads the investment policy and promotion (IPP) team work on international investment agreements, regional integration, and services. From 2007 to 2015 she was Research Fellow with the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Her research focused on trade, investment, and regional integration. Publication topics include US-Cuba relations, Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in Latin America, comparative analyses of Latin American experiences with free trade agreements, comparative investment agreements, an assessment of Mexico's economy, and studies on commercial relations between the United States and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) partners. he has also done work on the gender aspects of corporate governance and on women and sports.

Before joining the Institute, she was chief of the Foreign Trade Information System at the Organization of American States, where she also provided technical and analytical support to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) process in the area of standards and technical barriers to trade in her capacity as senior trade specialist. She has advised Latin American and Caribbean governments on trade-related issues and has worked with multilateral and regional development banks on a variety of trade and development projects.

Her publications include Transportation and Communication Infrastructure in Latin America: Lessons from Asia (PIIE Working Paper 12-6, 2012), Chinese Investment in Latin American Resources: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (PIIE Working Paper 12-3, 2012, with Theodore Moran and Julia Muir); Reengaging Egypt: Options for US-Egypt Economic Relations (with Jeffrey J. Schott, 2010); "Chile-US Free Trade Agreement: A Model to Follow?" in Capitalizing on the Morocco-US Free Trade Agreement: A Road Map to Success, ed. Hufbauer and Brunel (2009); "Mapping Investment Provisions in Regional Trade Agreements: Towards an International Investment Regime?" in Regional Rules in the Global Trading System, ed. Estevadeordal, Suominen, and Teh (Cambridge University Press, 2009); and "Trade and Standards: A Look at Central America," World Economy 25 (2002): 991–1018 (with Gary Hufbauer and John S. Wilson). She is also coeditor of Trade Rules in the Making: Multilateral and Regional Trade Arrangements (Brookings Institution Press/Organization of American States, 1999) and The Andean Community and the United States: Trade and Investment Relations in the 1990s (Organization of American States, 1998).

In Spring 2016 she is pleased to be teaching LASP 514, trade and integration in Latin America, with Professor Antonio Ortiz Mena and INAF 585, China-Latin America relations, with Professor Margaret Myers.


  • PhD (2007) Johns Hopkins SAIS, Latin America/International economics
  • MA (1995) Johns Hopkins SAIS, Latin America/International economics
  • BA (1993) McGill University, Economics/Political Science


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  • Spanish (speak, read, write)