James A. Lehman

James Lehman is Professor of Economics at Pitzer College, a member of The Claremont Colleges. He received his B.A. from Davidson College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University. He has been at Pitzer since 1981.


Ph.D. Duke University, 1981. Economics
Dissertation: "Dynamic Stability and the Optimum Currency Area"
Major Advisor: Edward Tower
M.A. Duke University, 1976. Economics
B.A. Davidson College, 1973. Economics

Research areas:

International trade policy and trade relations, trade sanctions, trade and aid.

Personal statement:

I was drawn to Pitzer by the prospect of working with colleagues across disciplines and across the Claremont Colleges, as well as with eager and talented students. That was more than 15 years ago, and the attraction hasn't changed. Although most recently I spent two years as Acting Dean of Students here and two years as Executive Director of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, administering the Watson Fellowship Program, I am happy to be back to a full-time regimen of teaching and advising, writing, and revising courses and planning new ones. Of course there's much more to the picture, so stop by and hear about Max and Sophie's soccer exploits, or the latest from the trails in the Angeles National Forest, or listen to some Gabrieli or walk over to the Grove House and chat over coffee and enjoy the Pitzer Arboretum.

Courses taught, teaching interests and activities:

Microeconomics Principles
Microeconomic Theory
International Economics
International Trade
International Finance
International Trade and Development Policy
Economy and Society: China and Japan
Money and Financial Markets
Public Finance
Freshman Seminar: Equality
Freshman Seminar: Choices

Selected publications:

"Assessing the Usefulness of International Trade Theory for Policy Analysis," with Patricia Dillon and Thomas D. Willett, in International Trade Policies, ed. By John S. Odell and Thomas D. Willett. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1990, pp 21-54.

"New Directions or Not: USAID in Latin America," with Ira N. Gang. World Economy, May 1990, pp. 723-32.

"Divestment, Investment Sanctions, and Disinvestment: An Evaluation of Anti-Apartheid Policy Instruments," with William H. Kaempfer and Anton D. Lowenberg. International Organization, Vol. 41, No. 3 (Summer 1987) pp457-73.

Professional Activities and interests:

Reviewer for Review of Development Economics
Reviewer for Economic Inquiry
Associate Editor, Economic Inquiry, 1984-1997
Associate Dean of Faculty, 1997-1999
Executive Director, The Thomas J. Watson Foundation, 1993-1995
Acting Dean of Students, Pitzer College, 1991-1993

Personal interests and activities:

Biking, hiking, tennis, music, and I've coached kids' soccer and softball.

Contact Information

last modified October 5, 1999