Julie A. Caswell

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Julie A. Caswell Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts AmherstJulie A. Caswell

Department of Resource Economics,
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Professor of Resource Economics

Years with company: 30 years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: 

  • B.S. Michigan State University (with high honor), 1976; Public Affairs Management
  • M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980; Economics
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984; Joint degree in Agricultural Economics and Economics
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (American Agricultural Economics Association): President, 2013-14
  • Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association: President, 1994-1995.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:

Undergraduate professors and advisor: Jim Bonnen, Jim Shaffer, and Bernie Shaffer: encouraged me to go to graduate school.

Graduate professors: Fritz Mueller and Bruce Marion, research mentors

Food safety research program: Tanya Roberts and Clark Burbee, interested me in research in this area

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to dateI am very proud of the undergraduate and graduate food marketing students I have taught and learned with. I am also very proud of working of the development of better food quality policy in the United States and internationally.

Most challenging part of your job: Working on projects with very different time scales: teaching, research and policy development.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Quality work always wins out—work hard and build bridges.

Hobbies: Walking and hiking; kayaking; movies and books.