Who is Peter Navarro?
Peter Navarro was born on July 15, 1949 in Massachusetts
Navarro went to Tufts University followed by Harvard
Peter Navarro served as an economic advisor in the Trump White House
Peter Navarro, an American politician who served in the Donald Trump administration, is in crosshairs with the United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) after the federal agency wrote a letter to the House Oversight Committee saying that certain former government members had not returned records after their departure from the White House.
Who is Peter Navarro?
Peter Navarro was born on July 15, 1949 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Albert ‘Al’ Navarro and Evelyn Littlejohn. Albert Navarro was a saxophonist and would also play the clarinet. Peter Navarro’s parents divorced when he was nine or 10 years old. Peter moved in with his mother and they lived in Florida. When Navarro was going through his teen years, he, his mother and brother, lived in a tiny one-room apartment in Bethesda, Maryland.
Peter Navarro did his schooling from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. He then went on to study at Tufts University on a scholarship from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After graduating in 1972, Navarro joined the US Peace Corps and served in Thailand. He later went on to do a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, graduating in 1979. He subsequently pursued a PhD in economics at Harvard under the supervision of Richard E. Caves.
Peter Navarro worked at Harvard University’s Energy and Environmental Policy Center from 1981 to 1985. He subsequently taught at the University of California, San Diego for three years. In 1989, he joined the University of California, Irvine as a professor of economics and public policy. Navarro’s PhD dissertation was titled The Policy Game: How Special Interests and Ideologues Are Stealing America. The dissertation called for better workers’ wages and protection from foreign competition.
Navarro has written a dozen books on economics, public policy and international relations.
While Navarro’s ideas on trade have sometimes been described by more mainstream economists as fringe, he has flipflopped easily across the political divide. In 1996, Peter Navarro ran for the 49th Congressional District on a Democratic Party ticket but lost to Republican Brian Bilbray. During his time in Harvard, Navarro was a registered Democrat. But upon moving to California, he first turned non-partisan and then registered himself as a Republican.
Association with Donald Trump
In 2016, Peter Navarro joined Donald Trump’s election campaign as an advisor on economic policy. As an advisor, he was firmly on the side of protectionist and isolationist policies that Trump adopted and couched in the America First rhetoric. Navarro along with Wilbur Ross, a private equity investor, came up with an economic policy for the Trump administration.
The policy was described by Simon Johnson, an MIT economist, as “based on assumptions so unrealistic that they seem to have come from a different planet. If the United States really did adopt Trump’s plan, the result would be an immediate and unmitigated disaster.”