Baylor Economics Professor Earns Prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award

Oct. 14, 2002
News Photo 707Dr. Joseph McKinney, professor of economics and The Ben H. Williams Professor of International Economics at Baylor University?s Hankamer School of Business, has been named a winner of the Fulbright Scholar award.

by Cynthia J. Jackson

Dr. Joseph McKinney, professor of economics and The Ben H. Williams Professor of International Economics at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business, has been named a winner of the Fulbright Scholar award.

McKinney will spend the fall 2003 semester at the Centre for Trade Policy and Law in Ottawa, Canada, conducting in-depth research on various dispute resolution issues that have troubled the relationship between the U.S. and Canada during recent years. The Centre is jointly administered by Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.

"During the spring of 1996 I was able to spend a semester as a Fulbright Scholar at the Center for the Study of International Affairs at Middlesex University in London, England," McKinney said. "This proved to be a beneficial experience in many ways. I still collaborate on projects with some of the scholars that I got to know then. I anticipate that my time in Canada will yield some of the same benefits."

For general disputes and those dealing with antidumping and countervailing duty issues, McKinney will consider the relative merits of pursuing resolution under terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as compared to the World Trade Organization. For labor, environmental and investment disputes that have resolution procedures provided only in NAFTA, he will assess the strengths and weaknesses the procedures provided and offer suggestions for improving the procedures.

McKinney's research has focused on international trade and regional economic agreements, including NAFTA and the European Common Market. He also has testified on the effects of free trade on the American economy, jobs and industries before committees of the U.S. Congress and the Texas House of Representatives and before the International Trade Commission. In addition, McKinney was a participant in the recent United States presidential forum on economics held at Baylor.

A founding member of the Association of Christian Economists, McKinney also has conducted research into ethical behavior among U.S. business professionals and companies.

McKinney has been a member of the faculty at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business since 1976. He also has served as a visiting professor at universities in Japan and France.

He is a member of the American Economic Association, the European Community Studies Association, the International Trade and Finance Association and the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States. He is a founding member of the Association of Japanese Business Studies and the Transatlantic Studies Association.

Designated by Baylor as an Outstanding University Professor in 1985, McKinney also has been designated as a Top Professor by Mortar Board at Baylor.

"I am grateful to the university for the support and encouragement that I have received in applying for the Fulbright awards," added McKinney.

For more information about McKinney's research, contact him directly at 254-710-6141 or by email at

About the Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship program in international educational exchange, was proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by then-freshman Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. In the aftermath of World War II, Sen. Fulbright viewed the proposed program as a much-needed vehicle for promoting "mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world." His vision was approved by Congress and the program signed into law by President Truman in 1946.

Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Under a cooperative agreement with the Bureau, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) assists in the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals.

For more information, visit the CIES web site at

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