Merit E. Janow is Dean of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). In addition to being Dean of SIPA, she is also Co-Director of the APEC Study Center. Professor Janow teaches graduate courses in international economic and trade policy at SIPA and international trade law and comparative and international antitrust at Columbia Law School. She serves on the faculty of Columbia's Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia Business School. For two years, Professor Janow served as Director of the Masters Program in International Affairs, which is the largest program of its kind in the United States."
In December 2007, Professor Janow finished up a four-year term as the North American Member of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Appellate Body hears final appeals on issues of law and legal interpretation in international trade disputes between countries that are members of the WTO. For three years, ending in March 2000, Professor Janow served as Executive Director of a new International Competition Policy Advisory Committee to the Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust at the Department of Justice, Washington D.C. This was the first such committee established by the Department of Justice to consider international antitrust matters.
Before joining Columbia University, from 1989 to 1993, Professor Janow served as the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan and China at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President in Washington D.C. She was responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing U.S. trade policies and negotiating strategies towards Japan and China. Prior to her tenure in government, she was an Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, specializing in corporate mergers and acquisitions. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Japan Society, Chairman of the Nasdaq Exchange LLC, a board member of the fund in the American Funds family and Trimble Navigation, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the China Investment Corporation, China’s sovereign wealth fund.
Professor Janow received a B.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She is fluent in Japanese. She is the author of three books and numerous articles.