About

I am Professor of Applied Economics, Chair of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, and the Department’s Director of Graduate Studies, at the University of Missouri. The Department of Agricultural Economics is a part of the Division of Applied Social Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

I am also editor-in-chief of the journal Agriculture and Human Values, and I serve on the editorial board of the journal Business Ethics Quarterly.

I  have a BA in economics and an MS in sociology from Brigham Young University, and an MA and a PhD in economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

I teach courses in introductory microeconomics, agricultural ethics and community food systems (with Professor Mary Hendrickson) for undergraduates and research methodology for graduate students.

My research focuses on applied ethics and the economic foundations of trust, ethics and happiness. I have a particular interest in the organizational structure of firms and markets and ethical issues relating to contracting and market competition. A lot of my research is directed at the agrifood sector.

I have published two edited books, The Ethics and Economics of Agrifood Competition and New Ideas in Contracting and Organizational Economics Research. I also co-authored the book, When Businesses Cross International Borders: Strategic Alliances and Their Alternatives, with the late Murray Weidenbaum, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under U.S. President Ronald Reagan. I have published more than 100 research articles, book chapters and other scholarly writings.

I am a member of the American Economic Association, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, the Association for Social Economics, the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society, and the Society for Business Ethics.

My interests include spending time with my family, reading, genealogy, watching TV, composing music, and running (best half marathon time is 1 hour, 25 minutes).