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Research Committee

Chris Barrett

Chris Barrett is the Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management and International Professor of Agriculture in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management as well as Professor in the Department of Economics at Cornell University where he also serves as the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future’s Associate Director for Economic Development Programs and the Director of the Cornell Institute for International Food, Agriculture and Development’s initiative on Stimulating Agricultural and Rural Transformation.  He holds degrees from Princeton (A.B., History, 1984), Oxford (M.S., Development Economics, 1985) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (dual Ph.D., Economics and Agricultural Economics, 1994).  At Cornell, he teaches undergraduate courses on Contemporary Controversies in the Global Economy and Comparative Perspective on Poverty Reduction Policy, as well as graduate courses on the Microeconomics of International Development and Food Systems and Poverty Reduction.  Professor Barrett has published or has in press 13 books and more than 230 journal articles or book chapters.  He has been principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on more than $24 million in extramural research grants from the National Science Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Rockefeller Foundation, USAID and other sponsors.  He has supervised more than 55 graduate students and post-docs, many of whom are now on leading faculties and in research institutes worldwide.  He served as editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics from 2003-2008, is presently an associate editor or editorial board member of the African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, the Egerton (Kenya) Journal of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, the European Review of Agricultural Economics, Food Security, the Journal of African Economies, the Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, the Journal of Development Studies and World Development, and was previously President of the Association of Christian Economists. He has served on a variety of boards and has won several university, national and international awards for teaching, research and public outreach. In 2010, Professor Barrett was elected a Fellow both of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and of the African Association of Agricultural Economists.  He, his wife and their five children live in Lansing, NY. 

Douglas Jackson-Smith

Douglas Jackson-Smith is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology at Utah State University.  His research and teaching interests include the sociology of agriculture, collaborative natural resource management, dynamics of complex agri-environmental systems, rural land use change, and research methods.  He has long been interested in the role of policy and research funding in shaping trajectories and impacts of change in the farm sector and rural communities.  He recently served on the committee that produced a major NRC report on Sustainable Agricultural Systems for the 21st Century.  In recent years, he has focused much of his work on interdisciplinary research on agricultural-environmental problems.  A key focus has been work to integrate human dimensions (and social science insights) into ‘transdisciplinary’ integrated scientific research projects.  Before coming to USU, he served as Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Co-Director of the Program on Agricultural Technology Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He received his BS degree (Rural Sociology) at Cornell University, and his MS (Sociology), MA (Agricultural Economics), and PhD degree (Sociology) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Philip Martin

Philip Martin is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California-Davis. He has worked on labor and immigration issues for three decades, served on several federal commissions, and testifies frequently before Congress. He is an award-winning author who works for UN agencies around the world, in Eastern Europe and Turkey, North Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Martin has also studied the evolving global wine industry.

John Reganold

John Reganold earned his B.A. in German and M.S. in Soil Science at the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Soil Science at the University of California at Davis. He has worked as a soil scientist with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and as an environmental engineer for Utah International Inc., a mining company. He joined Washington State University in 1983 and is currently Regents Professor of Soil Science and Agroecology. He teaches courses in soil science and organic farming and conducts research in sustainable agriculture. With his research, he has assembled multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams to measure the effects of alternative and conventional farming systems on soil health, food quality and nutrition, financial performance, and environmental quality. His research has been published in numerous scientific journals and magazines, including Science, Nature, and Scientific American. He is co-author of four editions of a textbook titled Natural Resource Conservation: Toward a Sustainable Future and co-editor of Organic Agriculture: A Global Perspective. In addition to his teaching and research, he enjoys spending time outdoors, swimming, cycling, and flyfishing.

Beatrice (Bea) Rogers

Beatrice (Bea) Rogers is a Professor of Economics and Food Policy and Director of the Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Program at Tufts University and has been on the faculty at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy since 1982. She holds a Ph.D. from the Heller School at Brandeis, where she studied economics and health policy. Her undergraduate degree is from Radcliffe College. Her research on food aid programs, food price policy, household food security, and the means by which food and other resources are distributed within households has taken her to Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. Her courses include survey research design and economics of food policy, and she has taught U.S. food and nutrition policy. Her personal interests include dance, reading poetry, and looking at art. She enjoys hiking and swimming.

Katherine (Kitty) Smith

Katherine (Kitty) Smith is the Executive Director of the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics, an organization that advocates on behalf of researchers and other professionals for a strong statistical system and ready access to federal data. She was formerly Administrator of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). As a researcher and research manager, Kitty's principal areas of expertise have been policy analysis, particularly agricultural and resource policies, and the relationships among agricultural production and environmental quality. Her work is published in several books and a range of scholarly journals, USDA reports, and numerous popular outlets. She is a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.  Kitty has held a number of leadership positions within ERS where, as a research administrator, she was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives.

Kitty also has experience with several non-governmental organizations. She was Vice President of American Farmland Trust (2011-2012),Policy Studies Program Director for the Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture (1993-1996); and Senior Fellow with the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy at Resources for the Future (1989-1991).

Kitty received a Ph.D. and an M.S. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of Maryland, where she also earned a B.S. with emphasis in the biological sciences.

Tom Tomich

Tom Tomich joined the University of California Davis faculty in January 2007. He is founding director of the UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute, inaugural holder of W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at UC Davis, and a professor in both the departments of human and community development, and environmental science and policy. He also serves as director of the UC statewide Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP). Tomich was principal economist for the World Agroforestry Centre from 1994-2006. During that time, he worked with the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins, first in Southeast Asia and then as ASB global coordinator, based in Nairobi, Kenya, leading long-term collaborative partnerships at sites in the Amazon, Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia aimed at raising productivity and income of rural households without increasing deforestation or undermining essential environmental services. Before that, Tomich spent 10 years as a policy advisor and institute associate with the Harvard Institute for International Development and served as a lecturer in economics and in public policy at Harvard University.  He has a BA in economics from UC Davis and an MA and PhD in Food Research (agricultural economics) from Stanford University.

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