Who I Am
I am an associate professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota, where I also direct the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy.
I currently serve as one of two co-editors of Food Policy and as a member of the editorial board of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review and of the Review of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Studies. In the past, I have also served as associate editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
My research lies at the intersection of agricultural economics, food policy, and international development. A few specific areas in which I have been conducting research include contract farming and agricultural value chains, risk and uncertainty, food prices, market access, and land markets.
For my research, I have won the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s (AAEA) Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2007, the AAEA’s Outstanding American Journal of Agricultural Economics Article award in 2011 (with Zack Brown), and the AAEA’s Quality of Research Discovery awards in 2014 (with Chris Barrett and David Just). I also won the European Association of Agricultural Economists’ Quality of Research Discovery Award in 2014 (also with Chris Barrett and David Just).
My work has so far been featured in media outlets such as the New York Times, The Economist, National Public Radio, and the Wall Street Journal.
The tagline for this blog was stolen from the title of Ron Mittelhammer’s 2009 AAEA presidential address, “Applied Economics–Without Apology.”
Disclaimer: I have in the past served or am currently serving as a paid consultant for the World Bank, the US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (via RTI International), and PepsiCo, among others. See my CV for details.
What I write on this blog is solely my opinion and not that of any of my employers, past and present.
Who I Am Not
After receiving several emails intended for him (and other such imbroglios), I must insist that I am not the former Québec Minister of Justice.
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