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Meredith Taylor Black’s Book, “King Cotton in International Trade” Published by Brill

Meredith A. Taylor Black, assistant professor at COBE, recently published her book “King Cotton in International Trade.” Published by Brill — one of the top academic publishers — the book is a comprehensive analysis of the WTO Cotton dispute. The book details the historic, economic, and political background leading up to Brazil’s challenge of U.S. cotton subsidies. It explores the impacts of the successful challenge in terms of political and negotiating dynamics involving agriculture subsidies and other trade-related issues in the WTO while examining the effects on domestic agriculture subsidy reforms in the United States and the European Union.

Black has been with the College of Business and Economics since 2007 and was director of the International Business Program from 2010 to 2014. She earned her PhD (2010), summa cum laude, in the area of WTO trade law with the University of Bern in Bern, Switzerland. Her research is focused on agriculture negotiations, subsidies, dispute settlement and development issues within the WTO.