AFRE Faculty (2011)

posted on December 12, 2011 12:12pm

Rui Benfica (Ph.D. 2006) returned to AFRE as an assistant professor, International Development, in October 2011, following assignments with the World Bank in Mozambique and Washington, D.C. He is working with the Food Security Research Project on campus.

Rick Bernsten, professor, transitioned to professor emeritus in August 2011. The department celebrated his 26 years of service with a reception in November 2011.

Vera Bitsch, associate professor and specialist in human resource management in agriculture, left AFRE after 10 years of service at MSU. Since January 2011, she holds the position of chair, Economics in Horticulture and Landscaping, at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. In her new position, she may be contacted at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Andrew Dillon will join the faculty as an assistant professor, beginning in January 2012. After completing his doctorate at Cornell University in 2008, Andrew worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, D.C., where he was a research fellow.

Jake Ferris completed the second edition of his book, Agricultural Prices and Commodity Market Analysis, which was published by Michigan State University Press in 2011. The first edition in 1998 was published by WCB McGraw-Hill.

Rick Horan, professor, became editor of Resource and Energy Economics in 2011.

Thom Jayne, professor, International Development, has taken a two-year appointment with the Food Security Research Project in Lusaka, Zambia. In January 2011, he began initiating development of a locally managed agricultural policy institute in Zambia and conducting research and capacity-building activities with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

Saweda Liverpool will join the faculty as an assistant professor, beginning in January 2012. After completing her doctorate at the University of Illinois, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) before joining AFRE.

Scott Loveridge, professor, left his position as associate chairperson in December 2010 to take over as director of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD). The federally funded NCRCRD works with land-grant universities in a twelve-state region on rural development issues. Dr. Loveridge moved to 66 Agriculture Hall and continues to serve as a professor in the department.

Nicole Mason joined AFRE as an assistant professor, International Development, in August 2011 after completing her doctorate at MSU. She is working with the Food Security Research Project in collaboration with the University of Zambia in Lusaka.

Eric Scorsone returned to MSU and the Greening Michigan Institute as an Extension specialist in January 2011. He spent 2010 as senior economist at the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency. His current work focuses on financial management for local governments facing fiscal emergencies and management of the chronic fiscal stress facing shrinking cities such as Detroit and Flint.

Scott Swinton, professor, assumed the roles of associate chairperson and director of graduate studies in January 2011.

Veronique Theriault joined AFRE as an assistant professor, International Development, in September 2011 after completing her doctorate at the University of Florida. She will be working with the Food Security Project.

Dave Weatherspoon was promoted to professor, effective July 2011.

Mike Weber, professor, transitioned to professor emeritus in August 2011 after 35 years of service to AFRE. He continues to work on an online history of international activities in AFRE.


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