#ElliottExpert: Michael Moore

#EE Moore

Professor Michael Moore has been a faculty member at the Elliott School since 1988. He has had the great fortune to teach Elliott School students, live/study/work in four countries, learn foreign languages, serve in the White House, and travel extensively domestically and internationally. His research focuses on the World Trade Organization and international trade policy more generally. He loves biking and hiking and cooking.  His heart is in the Western US but his brain is firmly planted in the DC area. His life has been made possible by that great equalizer: education. 

  • Hometown:  Baytown, Texas
  • Program/Institute:  MA International Economic Policy (IEP)
  • Area of expertise:  International trade, international economics
  • Institutions Attended: University of Texas at Austin, University of Wisconsin-Madison

When did you know you wanted a career in international affairs/academia?

I’ve been interested in current affairs from a young boy. International issues interested me from watching the news during the Vietnam War. (Yes, I’m old). Neither of my parents went to college so it was hardly on my radar screen. I first considered an academic career during my freshman year in college while taking a course from a particularly dedicated English professor (Larry Carver). I didn’t think to be a professional economist until two years after I graduated from college.

What has been your favorite course to teach and why?

Any course on international economics. If you want to understand the world, you have to know at least some economics. Without that knowledge, you can be just bounced about the world by forces beyond your control or comprehension. Helping students understand the importance and usefulness of economics is my great treat.

If you could take a course taught by a current or previous head of state, whom would you choose and why? 

Franklin Roosevelt. He made so many momentous decisions that still affect our world today.

What advice do you have for first-year students who are starting their graduate studies?

Take hard courses, push yourself, and stay open to unexpected possibilities.

What food, snack, album, or tv show have you “rediscovered” in quarantine?

I love to cook but have perfected baking artisanal bread that is really tasty and beautiful.

Favorite part about living in/around DC?

Easy biking opportunities and an amazing array of people and food.


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