Peter Cowhey is the UC San Diego Dean and Qualcomm Professor of Communications and Technology Policy at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. In 2009 he was on leave from the university to join the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as Senior Counselor for policy planning. His responsibilities included working with Ambassador Kirk on the strategic agenda for trade policy while supervising the work of USTR offices for the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, Market Access and Competitiveness, Intellectual Property, and Services and Investment.
Cowhey is the former Director of the University of California system's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and head of policy studies for the California Institute on Telecommunications and Information Technology. Cowhey's research has especially focused on the political economy of international trade, investment and regulatory policies. He served as the Senior Counselor to the Chairman and Chief of the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission from 1994 to 1997. During this time the Commission completely revamped its global competition policies and worked intensively with USTR on forging a WTO agreement on basic telecommunications services.
Cowhey's newest book is Transforming Global Information and Communications Markets: The Political Economy of Change (MIT Press, 2009). Cowhey serves on the boards of the Grameen Foundation, the Institute of the Americas, and the California Council on Science and Technology. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Affairs. Cowhey holds a bachelor's degree in foreign service from Georgetown University, and a master's and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.