Claude Barfield

Claude Barfield
Resident Scholar

Claude Barfield, a former consultant to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, researches international trade policy (including trade policy in China and East Asia), the World Trade Organization (WTO), intellectual property, and science and technology policy. His many books include Free Trade, Sovereignty, Democracy: The Future of the World Trade Organization (AEI Press, 2001), in which he identifies challenges to the WTO and to the future of trade liberalization.


  • Consultant, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, 1982-85
  • Co-Staff Director, President's Commission for a National Agenda for the Eighties, 1979-81
  • Professional Staff Member, Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, U.S. Senate, 1977-79
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1974-77
  • Reporter, National Journal, 1970-74
  • Faculty, University of Munich, 1968-69; Yale University, 1962-69


Ph.D., M.A., Northwestern University B.A., Johns Hopkins University

Recent Events and Presentations

April 8, 2010

This ITIF debate will discuss the role government should play in U.S. innovation and economic policy.