Established in 1961 by William L. Clayton

WILLIAM L. CLAYTON, university trustee emeritus and a former member of the SAIS Advisory Council, was a leader in business and international affairs. He served for many years as president of Anderson, Clayton and Company, a Texas-based cotton trading company. In addition, Mr. Clayton served as the first American under secretary of state for economic affairs, during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. In 1963, when Mr. Clayton was in his eighties, President John F. Kennedy asked him to work on the national export expansion program and nuclear test ban treaty. The Clayton family is one of Johns Hopkins Medicine's most generous benefactors. In 1947, Mr. Clayton, along with his wife, SUSAN VAUGHAN CLAYTON, established at Hopkins the Clayton Fund for Medical Research. In 1961, he established the William L. Clayton Professorship in International Economics at SAIS.


SUSAN VAUGHAN CLAYTON's trust continued their tradition of generous support for research on cancer and heart disease. The Clayton Professorship in Oncology at the School of Medicine is named in their honor.


JAMES C. RIEDEL, the William L. Clayton Professor of International Economics, joined Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 1976. Riedel was the Freeman Foundation Senior Professor of Economics at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies from 2003 to 2006. He is senior economic advisor to STAR-Vietnam, a USAID-funded project to assist the government of Vietnam in implementing the U.S.-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement. Riedel has served as a consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, China Development Bank, OECD, UNDP, Japanese External Trade Organization (JETRO) and other international, governmental and private organizations and corporations. He has been a visiting professor at a several universities, including Oxford University, the Australian National University and the National Economics University in Ho Chi Minh City. Riedel is on the board of directors of the American Committee for Asian Economic Studies, the board of advisors of the Hong Kong Centre for Economic Research, and several editorial boards. The author of a number of books and monographs and numerous articles in professional journals, such as the American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Development Economics, World Economy and Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv, his most recent book is How China Grows: Investment, Finance, and Reform, Princeton University Press 2007 and (bilingual edition) Peking University Press 2007. His current research is in the area of international trade and finance and economic growth, with a regional focus on China and Vietnam.