Past Directors

photo of Paul GlewwePaul Glewwe was Director of the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy from 2007-2011. Glewwe received his Ph.D. in economics at Stanford University and his B.A. in economics at the University of Chicago. Research interests are economics of education, poverty and inequality in developing countries, and applied econometrics. Since receiving his Ph.D. he has worked in the following countries: Cambodia, China, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Honduras, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Viet Nam. His recent publications have appeared in the Handbook of the Economics of Education, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics and World Bank Economic Review.


photo of K. William EasterK. William Easter was Director of the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy from 1999-2003. He joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 1970, received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of California at Davis and his Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University in agricultural economics. He has worked for the Economic Research Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President and the World Bank. He spent over a year as a Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center and worked in India for almost three years on two Ford Foundation/University of Minnesota projects. His research interests cover a wide range of resource and environment issues in the U.S. and developing countries. His recent research has focused on topics ranging from the role of markets and alternative economic mechanisms for allocating water resources to questions concerning economic strategies for reducing nonpoint water pollution.


photo of Ben Senauer

Benjamin H. Senauer was CIFAP Director from 1993-1999. He joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 1974 and received his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California and his master's and Ph.D. degrees from the Food Research Institute at Stanford University. He worked in the Food Economics Program of the Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., and as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Agency for International Development (AID). His research looks at the areas of consumer demand, food marketing, household economics, and food and nutrition policy.


photo of Harald von WitzkeHarald von Witzke served as CIFAP Director from 1991 to 1992. He received his master's and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Goettingen in Germany. He began his career as a faculty member at the University of Goettingen and joined the University of Minnesota, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in 1983. He is now Dean at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.


photo of C. Ford RungeC. Ford Runge was Director of the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy from 1988-1990 and 2003-2007. He joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 1983, received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics at the Universiy of Wisconsin, his M.A. in economics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and his B.A. at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In 1985, he chaired the Governor's Farm Crisis Commission and spent 1988 as a special assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT). A Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow, Ford Foundation Economist, and Fulbright Reserach Fellow, Runge helped CIFAP build connections to other University departments and international universities.