Biosketch for William A. Masters

Will Masters is a Professor of Food Economics and Policy in the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University, where he leads the Food Prices for Nutrition project that computes the cost and affordability of healthy diets, and the IMMANA Fellowships program among other initiatives. From 2011 to 2014 he served as chair of the Friedman School’s Department of Food and Nutrition Policy, and before coming to Tufts was a faculty member in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University (1991-2010), and also at the University of Zimbabwe (1989-90), Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (2000) and Columbia University (2003-04). He is the co-author of a new textbook on Food Economics: Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (forthcoming May 2024), as well as Economics of Agricultural Development: World Food Systems and Resource Use  (Routledge, 4th ed. 2021), and former editor-in-chief of the journal Agricultural Economics (2006-2011). He is an elected Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), from which he received the Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis (2013), the Publication of Enduring Quality Award (2014), the Quality of Research Discovery Award (2019) and the Quality of Communications Award (2022).  At Tufts his courses on economics of agriculture, food and nutrition were recognized with student-nominated, University-wide teaching awards in 2019 and 2022.