Nicholas Sitko

Nicholas Sitko

Ph.D., University of Colorado
M.A., University of Denver
B.S., Colorado State University

Assistant Professor, International Development

Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

Rm 219,Justin S Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039

743 790-5822, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Biographical Information    Mailing address in Zambia:  Food Security Research Project, 26a Middleway, Kabulonga, Lusaka, Zambia

Dr. Nicholas Sitko initially joined the Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics at MSU as a research fellow attached to the Food Security Research Project in Zambia in 2010. In 2012 he became an Assistant Professor for International Development with the department and remains on long-term assignment in Zambia. His current research interests focus on land policy and administration, public spending and poverty reduction, and the institutional constraints to food market development in Africa.

Prior to his graduate studies Nicholas Sitko worked with the Peace Corps for three years on rural development projects in Ecuador.  After completing his Peace Corps service he pursued a MA from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where he focused on international relations through the lens of global food systems. He then pursed his PhD at the University of Colorado, Department of Geography. Drawing on ethnographic research conducted over the course of a year in the southern province of Zambia, his dissertation explored the effects of maize market liberalization on rural livelihood strategies.

Research and Outreach Interests

  • Gender dimensions to food production and marketing
  • Land access and land policy in Africa
  • Staple food markets and associated institutions
  • Political economy of food and food production