Who I Am
In August 2013, I will be joining the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. I am currently an Assistant Professor at Duke University. I have studied at the Université de Montréal (B.Sc. in 1999, M.Sc. in Economics in 2001) and at Cornell University (Ph.D. in Applied Economics in 2006).
Having been trained as an agricultural economist, my research lies at the intersection of agricultural economics and development economics. More broadly, my work is in the areas of agricultural development and food policy in developing countries. Specific areas in which I have been working include agrarian contracts, land, market access, risk and uncertainty, and agricultural value chains (all in developing countries) as well as food prices (both in developing countries and globally).
I have been co-Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, which I got in 2004, and I am currently Principal Investigator on an Index Insurance Innovation Initiative grant, which I got in 2010. I currently serve on the editorial board of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review and as associate editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
For my research, I have won the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2007 as well as the AAEA’s Outstanding American Journal of Agricultural Economics Article award in 2011. My research has so far been published in journals such as the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Land Economics, PLoS ONE, and World Development.
It should go without saying that what I write on this blog is my opinion and not that of my employers, past or present, but I prefer to play it safe and state it explicitly.
Who I Am Not
After receiving several emails intended for him, I must insist that I am not the former Québec Minister of Justice.
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