James Lake has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at since 2012. After receiving undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Monash University in Australia, he received his PhD in economics from Johns Hopkins University in 2012. Dr. Lake’s research focuses on international trade agreements. In particular, his research focuses on understanding why countries form international trade agreements and how the recent proliferation of such agreements interacts with multilateral negotiations via the WTO in affecting the possibility of global free trade. His research also investigates the distributional effects that trade agreements have among different segments of a country’s population and how the ensuing political economy ramifications affect trade policy.