David Mather

David Mather

Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.S., Michigan State University
B.A.,The University of the South

Assistant Professor, International Development

Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

446 W. Circle Dr., Rm 219 Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039

517 449 9694, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Biographical Information

David Mather is an Assistant Professor of International Development in AFRE, associated with the Food Security Group.  His research focuses on rural development and food policy issues in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America.  Prior to his graduate studies, he worked at Development Alternatives Inc in Bethesda MD, the Center for Agricultural Export Development at the University of Kentucky, and as an English teacher in Madrid, Spain.

Professional Interests

  • Rural poverty reduction strategies
  • Agricultural productivity growth and impact assessment of agricultural R&D
  • Smallholder participation in agricultural input and output markets
  • The role of government in agricultural input and output markets
  • Understanding the effects of HIV/AIDS on rural livelihoods, poverty, and child schooling and implications for rural development strategies