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Julie A. Caswell

Julie A. Caswell is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Resource Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research focused on understanding the operation of domestic and international food systems, with particular interest in the economics of food quality and labeling, especially for safety and nutrition, and international trade. Dr. Caswell has provided research leadership and mentored a generation of new researchers by educating graduate students and through her leadership in national research initiatives. She was one of the founding organizers of Regional Research Project NE-165: Private Strategies, Public Policies, and Food System Performance and served as its Chair from 1989 to 2002. She held a Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship at the University of Tuscia in Viterbo, Italy, in 2009. Dr. Caswell was elected a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) in 2011. She is a past president of AAEA and of the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association. Dr. Caswell has served on several National Academies committees in the United States, including chairing the committee that published Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Examining the Evidence to Define Benefit Adequacy in 2013. Dr. Caswell was senior associate dean for Education and Student Development in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UMass Amherst from 2014-2019. Dr. Caswell holds a B.S. in Public Affairs Management from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. jointly in agricultural economics and economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Charter Members:
Dawn Thilmany, Richard Rogers, David Zilberman, Norbert Wilson, Scott Swinton, Kathryn Boys, Diego de Souza Monteiro, Susan Offutt, Michael Ollinger, Amy Ando, Sven Anders, Helen Jensen, Madhu Khanna, Elise Golan, Damona Doye, Jean Kinsey, Valerie Davidson, Chung-Tung Lin, Ian Sheldon, Sarahelen Thompson