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Scott D. Rozelle

  • Helen Farnsworth Endowed Senior Fellow and Professorial Chair at the Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies and the Department of Economics, Stanford University, 2006-present.
  • Professor/Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics; University of California, Davis, 1997-present.
  • Assistant Professor, Food Research Institute and Department of Economics, Stanford University, 1990-1997.
  • Chair of the Board of Academic Advisors and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, 1995-present.
  • Ph.D./Master of Science, Cornell University, Department of Agricultural Economics, 1991.
  • Bachelor of Science, University of California, Berkeley, Haas Business School, 1979.

Scott Rozelle's father, Leland, encouraged Scott to take Chinese language classes in junior high school since Leland believed-on the basis of his time in Shanghai after World War II-that China might someday emerge as a powerful force in the world. Leland's intuition could not have proved more right and for the past 25 years Scott has been involved deeply in the study of China's agriculture and its rural economy.

After receiving his Ph.D. from Cornell University, Scott held positions in the University of California, Davis and Stanford University. Scott is currently on leave from Davis and is at Stanford University where he holds the Helen Farnsworth Chair for International Agricultural Policy.

Scott's research program focuses around three themes: China's agricultural policy; rural resources; and the economics of development and poverty. His research is characterized by its highly empirical nature. Scott and his coauthors have been involved with surveys that have collected data from more than 25,000 respondents, a number greater than that collected by John Loessing Buck, the famous Cornell agricultural economist who worked in China for more than a decade during the 1930s. Scott's research has been published in the top science, economics, agricultural economics, development and China field journals and has won many awards, including the AAEA's Quality of Research Discovery award twice, in 2003 and 2005. Beyond his graduate student advising, there is no one element that has been more influential on Scott's career than his association with the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, a policy center in Beijing. Scott is the Chair of the Board of Academic Advisors and Adjunct Research Fellow at CCAP.