Job Placements

Degree Benefits

  • A graduate degree in agricultural, food, and resource economics from Michigan State University will prepare you to face the significant challenges of the 21st Century, including:
    • designing policies to attack rural poverty and hunger;
    • managing food and farm businesses in a global setting;
    • resolving increasing pressures on the world’s resource base;
    • working across disciplines to evaluate new technologies and policies;
    • adding to the knowledge base of theory and methods in the discipline.

Jobs Taken by Recent Graduates

  • Note: The jobs listed below are generally the first jobs taken by the graduates, or the first “target” job taken after a short period of temporary employment.   The listing does not necessarily show the graduate’s current position.  Graduate names are linked to thesis information.
  • 2016
    • Li Cheng, PhD -  Research Scientist, Amazon.com,Seattle, WA
    • Erin Collier, MS - Markets and Trade Analyst, Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), Washington, DC
    • Ramziath Adjao, PhD - Agricultural Economist, World Bank Group, Food and Agriculture Global Practice, Washington, DC
    • Ashesh Prasann, PhD - Young Professional, World Bank, Agriculture Global Practice, Washington, DC
    • Serge Adjognon, PhD - Economist, DECIE, World Bank, Washington, D.C.
    • Keneilwe Kgosikoma, PhD - Lecturer, Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Gaborone Botswana
    • Craig Carpenter, PhD - Assistant Professor and Extension Economist, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX
    • Leonard Polzin, MS - Assistant Extension Professor, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN
    • Daniel Gough, MS - Brownfield Coordinator, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Brownfield Redevelopment Unit, Jackson, MI
  • 2015

    • Ayala Wineman, PhD - Visiting Assistant Professor, Michigan State Univesity, East Lansing, MI
    • Eliot Mghenyi, PhD - Economist, World Bank, Washington, DC
    • Miltone Ayieko, PhD - Senior Researcher, Tegemeo Research Institute, Egerton University, Nairobi, Kenya
    • Kimberly Klaiman, MS - Economist, Office of Energy Consumption and Efficiency Analysis, U.S. Energy Information Administration, Washington, DC
    • Hui Wang, PhD - Economist, Amazon.com, Seattle,  WA
    • Leah Harris Palm-Forster, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
    • Carson Reeling, PhD -  Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Western Michigan
    • Traci Taylor, MS -  Senior Analyst, Anderson Economic Group, East Lansing, MI
    • Levine, Nicole Kendra, MS -  Manager, US Supply Chain Sustainability with McDonald’s (corporate), Oak Brook, IL
    • Chenguang Wang, PhD - Model Validation Senior, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, McLean, VA
    • Rie Muraoka, PhD - Research Fellow, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan
    • Guilherme Signorini, PhD - Consulting Associate, Markestrat Consulting Group, Ribeirao Preto, SP- Brazil
    • Thelma Namonje, MS -  Research Associate, Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute, Lusaka, Zambia
    • Wolfgang Pejuan, PhD - Associate Professor, Agribusiness Department, Zamorano University, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
    • Sangjun Lee, PhD -  Associate Research Fellow, Climate change Research Division, Korea Energy Economics Institute, Gyeonggi-do Korea
  • 2014

    • Uchook Duangbootsee, PhD - Assistant Professor, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand
    • Paige Van Poppelen, MS - Account Associate, Foodservice, The NPD Group, Inc., Rosemont, ILL
    • Jessica Klatt, MS - Survey Statistician, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, East Lansing, MI
    • Patrick Ofori, MS - Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Accra, Ghana
    • Helder Zavale, Ph.D - Assistant Professor, Eduardo Mondlane University, CEPPAG, Maputo, Mozambique
    • Sara Qanti, MS - Assistant Professor, Agriculture, Padjadjaran University, West Java, Indonesia
    • Sara Qanti, MS - Assistant Professor, Agriculture, Padjadjaran University, West Java, Indonesia
    • Ty Lawson, - MS - Presidential Management Fellow at National Institutes of Health, Washington, D.C.
    • Alexandra Peralta, Ph.D - Lecturer, University of Adelaide, Australia
    • Xuan Wei, Ph.D - Research Associate, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, University of Florida, Wimauma, FL
    • Mariam (Sako) Thiam, MS - Consultant in Financial Analysis, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, Columbus, OH
    • Nathalie Me-Nsope, PhD - Research Associate, International Studies and Programs, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
    • Vivek Pandey, Ph.D - Assistant Professor, Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Gujarat, India
    • Jessica Vila-Goulding, MS - Economist, Middle East & Africa, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn  MI
    • Adam Lovgren, Ph.D - Strategy Consultant, Roll Global LLC, Los Angeles, CA
    • Eleanor Turner, MS - Research Initiatives Manager, Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • 2013

    • Kathleen Sprouse, MS - Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator, Purdue Univesity, West Lafayette  IN
    • Christina Plerhoples, Ph.D - Research Associate, The Urban Institute, Washington, DC
    • Dale Yi, Ph.D - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia
    • Min Chen, Ph.D - Senior Risk Modeler, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac)
    • Hillary Sackett, Ph.D - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Business Management & Economics, Westfield State University, Springfield, MA
    • Sung Hoon Kang, Ph.D - Associate Research Fellow, Korea Institute of Public Finance, Seoul, South Korea
    • Timothy Hodge, Ph.D - Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
    • Thasanee Satimanon, PhD - Assistant Professor, national Institute of Development Administration, School of Development Economics, Bangkok, Thailand
    • Charapon Chantorn, MS - Policy Analyst, Office of Agricultural Economics, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Bangkok Thailand
    • Milu Muyanga, Ph.D - Assistant Professor, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
    • Jordan Chamberlin, Ph.D - Assistant Professor, Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), Zambia
    • Dingiswayo Banda, MS - Chief Economist, Planning Dept. Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Lusaka, Zambia
    • Fang Xia, Ph.D - Assistant Professor, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China
    • Julius Kirmi Sindi, Ph.D - Impact Assessment Specialist, International Potato Center, Nairobi, Kenya
    • Joshua Ariga, Ph.D - Scientist-Economics, IFDC Headquarters, Office of Program, Economics & Markets Dept, Muscle Shoals, AL
  • 2012

    • Scott Weicksel, MS - Senior Analyst, Nielsen, Marketing Performance Division, Chicago, IL
    • Benjamin Magen, MS - Survey Statistician, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, East Lansing, MI
    • James Allen, MS - Research Director, Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
    • Richard Melstrom, PhD - Assistant Professor of Economics, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
    • Peter Richards, MS - Postdoctoral Research Associate, Brown University, Environment Change Initiative and Population Studies and Training Center, Providence, RI
    • Brenda Lazarus, MS - Food Security Analyst with FEWS Net project, Chemonics International, Inc., Washington, DC
    • Tim Komarek, PhD - Assistant Professor, Dept of Marketing and Economics, Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
    • Jacob McManus, MS - Associate Business Consultant, Lookout Ridge Consulting, Kalamazoo, MI
    • Anne Weir, MS - Supply Planning Analyst, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., Johnston, IA
    • Jennifer Meyer, MS - Program Director, Farmer Training Initiative, Angelic Organic Learning Center, Caledonia, IL
    • Rachel Ford, MS - Executive Director, Taiya Inlet Watershed Council and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Skagway, AK
  • 2011

    • Feng Wu, PhD - Post-Doctoral Researcher, Food and Resource Economics Dept.,University of Florida, Gulf Coast Educational Center, Wimauma, FL
    • Shan Ma, PhD - Postdoctoral Scholar,  Natural Capital Project, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
    • Aleksan Shanoyan, PhD - Assistant Professor, Depart. of Agricultual Economics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    • Megan Sheahan, MS - Independent Consultant, Irvine, CA
    • Nathaniel Victor, MS - Global Market Economist, General Motors, Lansing, MI
    • Jacob Ricker-Gilbert, PhD - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
    • Subramanian Kumarappan, PhD - Assistant Professor, Ag Tech Institute, The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH
    • Andrew Kizito, PhD - Assistant Lecturer, Dept. of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences, Makerere University. Kampala, Uganda
  • 2010

    • Amadou Diallo, MS - HGSF Programme Manager, Partnership for Child Development, Bamako, Mali
    • Fang Xie, PhD - Manager, American Express Co., Phoenix, AZ
    • Feng Song PhD - Assistant Professor, School of Economics,  Renmin University of China, Beijing, China
    • Laura James, MS - Consultant, Public Sector consultants, Inc., Lansing, MI
    • David Binkley, MS - Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing Analyst, Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth, Lansing, MI
  • 2009

    • George, Young PhD - Associate Professor, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
    • Nicole J. Olynk, PhD - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Agricultural Economics Department, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
    • Mukiti Mwiinga, MS - Lecturer/Researcher, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
    • Elliot Mghenyi, MS - Young Professional, The World Bank, Washington, DC
    • Anna Medrano, MS - Staff Consultant, Asian Development Bank, Philippines
    • Joleen Hadrich, PhD - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
    • Malika Chaudhuri, PhD - Instructor, Department of Finance, Eli Broad School of Business, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
    • Domenico Dentoni, PhD - Assistant Professor, Dept of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
    • Ernalyn Lising, MS - Consultant, Asian Development Bank, Mandaluyong City, Philippines
    • Ross Bowmar, MS - Commodity Market Trader, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Decatur, IL
  • 2008

    • Mariah Branch, MS - Director of Planning and Development, Prout Research Institute of Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela
    • Lilian Kirimi, PhD - Lecturer, Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya
    • Tomokazu Nagai, MS - Engineer,rural Development Division,  NTC International Co., Ltd., Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
    • Eric Wittenberg, MS - Research Specialist, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
    • Catherine Ragasa, PhD - Consultant, Agriculture & Rural Devolpment Department, World Bank, Washington, DC
    • Mary Mathenge, PhD - Lecturer, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya

 

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