Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan, Korea, and APEC
Michael Beeman serves as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (AUSTR) for Japan, Korea and APEC. From 2004-14, he served in various positions at USTR, including Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan and Acting AUSTR for Japan, Korea and APEC. From 2015-16, he was
Senior Advisor to the U.S.-Japan Business Council and the U.S.-Korea Business Council where he supported the promotion of American goods and services exports.
He began his Federal Government service in 1998 at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he served from 2001-03 as Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Trade Development. He was an Advisor to the U.S. Executive Director to the World Bank from 2003-04.
He received a D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in Politics from the University of Oxford in 1998, focusing on Japan's political economy and the politics of antitrust policy. He received a masters degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) in 1991 and a bachelors degree from Southern Methodist University in 1988. He has been a Fulbright Fellow in Japan (1991-92), a Monbusho Fellow at the University of Tokyo (1996-97), and an Advanced Research Fellow at Harvard University (1997-98).
A native of Dallas, Texas, he is married with two children.