Professor Julie Caswell of resource economics has been named one of the Women of Influence in the Food Industry for 2014 by the Griffin Publishing Company.
According to the Griffin Report of Food Marketing, the 76 honorees were chosen for their highly visible contributions to the food industry, their professionalism and the awareness they have generated about opportunities for other women in the business.
Caswell has been involved in education, research and outreach in the food industry since she joined the faculty in 1984. During her career, she has taught courses in food marketing, industrial organization of the food sector, and global hunger issues. Her focus has been to teach students how to use economic analysis to understand the food industry and policy impacts. Her “Hunger in a Global Economy” course explores the balance between a rapidly growing population and a potentially slower growing food supply. She also teaches her department’s Integrative Experience seminar, “Life is Full of Choices.”
Her research focuses on understanding the operation of domestic and international food systems, analyzing how well they work, and evaluating how government policy affects their operation and performance. Her interest is in the economics of food quality, especially the quality attributes of safety and nutrition. She is also interested in the economics of certification, traceability and labeling for quality attributes. Caswell has consulted with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome and the U.S. Congress.