Dean, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego
Peter F. Cowhey is the Qualcomm Professor of Communications and Technology Policy and Dean at the
University of California, San Diego's Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies
(IR/PS). He is an internationally recognized expert in telecommunications and information policy and
markets who also is a leader in building cooperative international arrangements for the management
of security and economics issues.
Cowhey joined UCSD's faculty in 1976 and became dean of IR/PS in July 2002. He was the director
of the University of California system-wide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) from
1999-2006. He is currently co-leader of the IGCC project on biological threats and public policy
funded by the Carnegie Corporation. He holds a B.A. in foreign services from Georgetown University,
and a M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.
From 1985 to 1986 Professor Cowhey served as a member of the international planning group of AT&T
International. After that he served as a member of the international telecom advisory board of A.T.
Kearney where he advised on numerous client matters concerning the global industry. In 1994 Cowhey
took leave from UC San Diego to join the Federal Communications Commission as the Commission's
Senior Counselor for International Economic and Competition Policy. Later he became Chief of the
International Bureau of the FCC and he led the Commission's work in the WTO negotiations on basic
telecommunications services and new competition rules for international telecom services (including
He has served as an adviser to major companies in the telecommunications and information
technology industries and to leading international institutions. He is a member of the Council on
Foreign Relations and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Grameen Foundation USA. He
has also served as chairman of the board of Digital Partners, a global non-profit organization. From 2010-2011 he also served as Senior Counselor to the U.S.
Trade Representative on strategy and negotiations. He was named to the CCST Council in 2007 and was named Vice Chair in 2011.