About Us - Associate Directors
The Center has created program areas, each led by an Associate
Director. The background and expertise of the seven AIC Associate
Directors are described below.
Julian M. Alston
Science and Technology
Julian M. Alston is a professor in the Department of Agricultural
and Resource Economics of the UC Davis. He teaches graduate
and undergraduate classes in microeconomic theory and the analysis
of agricultural markets and policies. Prior to beginning his current position in 1988, Alston was Chief
Economist in the Department of Agriculture in Victoria, Australia,
where he had been employed in various capacities since 1975. His
experience in public policy analysis and advice, and in administration
of a large scientific organization has shaped Alston's research
interests in the economic analysis of agricultural markets and
public policies concerning agricultural incomes, prices, trade,
and agricultural research and promotion. Along with many articles
in professional journals, he is a co-author of two recent books: Making Science Pay: The Economics of Agricultural R&D Policy and Science under Scarcity: Principles and Practice for Agricultural
Research Evaluation and Priority Setting. Alston was raised on the family farm in northern Victoria, Australia.
He has a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Science from the University
of Melbourne in 1974; a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics
from La Trobe University in 1978; and a PhD in Economics from
North Carolina State University in 1984.
Colin A. Carter
Colin A. Carter has been a Professor of Agricultural and Resource
Economics at UC Davis for 12 years, after serving as a professor
at the University of Manitoba. His research investigates problems
related to agricultural policy and trade, with a focus on grain
markets in the Pacific Rim. He has written extensively on state
trading enterprises in grains. Carter has studied the internal
grain economy in China and China's participation in the international
market. From 1986-89, Carter held a fellowship in international
food systems from the Kellogg Foundation. Along with scores of
professional journal articles, chapters and reports, Carter has
co-authored several books, the topics of which include China's
grain markets, futures markets, and U.S. agricultural policy. Carter was raised on a grain farm in Alberta, Canada, and received
his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Alberta. His
PhD in Agricultural Economics is from UC Berkeley in 1980.
Karen M. Klonsky
Agricultural Environmental Management
Karen Klonsky has been a Specialist in Cooperative Extension in
the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of
California at Davis since 1981. Her interest in alternative
farming systems began with her dissertation work comparing alfalfa
management systems with and without integrated pest management.
Since then she has done extensive research into the economic feasibility
of alternative and organic farming practices for field crops,
vegetables, and tree crops collaborating on a range of interdisciplinary
research projects. Her interest in organic agriculture led
her to analyze the growth and structure of organic farm production
in California over the last decade.
Since 1983 Dr. Klonsky has directed the development of cost and
return studies for the major crops in California through UC Cooperative
Extension and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
The studies are distributed worldwide and are now available through
the department web page. Klonsky serves as an editor for the Journal
of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
She has a PhD in agricultural economics from Michigan State University
and an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University
Resources and the Environment
Keith Knapp was born in Wichita, Kansas, and raised in Minnesota,
Illinois and Iowa. He received a B.S. in Economics from Iowa State
University in 1972. After two years of military service, his educational
career resumed at Johns Hopkins University where he received a
PhD from the College of Engineering in 1980, specializing in resource
and environmental economics. He has been with UC Riverside since
September of 1980. He is currently Professor of Resource Economics
and Resource Economist in the Department of Soil and Environmental
Sciences at UC Riverside. Professor Knapp teaches four courses in resource and environmental
economics at the undergraduate and graduate level. He has conducted
research on irrigation management, salinity and drainage problems
in the San Joaquin Valley, renewable resource management with
an emphasis on groundwater, agricultural markets (grain reserves
and perennial crops), and the implications of exhaustible resources
for economic growth. Current research interests are generally
the economics of natural resource use and environmental quality
as related to irrigated agriculture with an emphasis on water
Scott D. Rozelle
Scott Rozelle is the Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Dr. Rozelle received his BS from the University of California, Berkeley; and his MS and PhD from Cornell University. Before arriving at Stanford, Rozelle was a professor at the University of California, Davis (1998-2000) and an assistant professor in the Food Research Institute and Department of Economics at Stanford University (1990-98). Currently, he is a member of the American Economics Association, the American Agricultural Economics Association, the International Association for Agricultural Economists, the Asian Studies Association, and the Association of Comparative Economics. He also serves on the editorial board of Economic Development and Cultural Change, Agricultural Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy, China Journal, and the China Economic Review.
Dr. Rozelle's research focuses almost exclusively on China and is concerned with three general themes: agricultural policy, including supply, demand and trade in agricultural projects; the emergence and evolution of markets and other economic institutions in the transition process and their implications for equity and efficiency; and the economics of poverty and inequality.