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James Lake

James Lake

Office Location: Room - 132, Cherokee Mills 865-974-6735

James Lake is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at the Haslam College of Business. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Monash University in Australia before coming to the U.S. in 2005 to pursue his Ph.D. in economics at Johns Hopkins University. After graduating in 2012, he started as an assistant professor at Southern Methodist University, where he earned tenure in 2018 and spent two years as director of graduate studies in the economics department. His research focuses on how international trade policies, such as the trade war tariffs of the Trump administration and the steel tariffs imposed by President George W. Bush in 2002, create winners and losers between countries and among different groups within countries.

Awards & Honors



    2012 Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D., Economics

    2007 Johns Hopkins University, M.A., Economics

    2006 Monash University, M.Phil., Economics

    2003 Monash University, B.Econ, Economics

    2002 Monash University, B.Acc., Accounting


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