Dr. William J. Burke


"Dr. William J. Burke is an Agricultural Economist with a focus on Africa that began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia, where he served from 2001 to 2003. He earned his Masters and Doctoral degrees from Michigan State University in 2009 and 2012 respectively. In early 2010 he began a long-term overseas assignment in Zambia, where his work focused on several aspects of the maize and fertilizer sectors. In addition to carrying out fieldwork as a doctoral candidate, his time in Zambia was spent providing research, outreach, and capacity building services for the Food Security Research Project and Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute. After completing his Ph.D., he remained in Zambia as an Assistant Professor, International Development, until joining Stanford University’s Center on Food Security and the Environment in September of 2012. In September of 2016, he incorporated Agricultural and Food Policy Consulting. In his work as an economist he has been honored to receive the 2009 Best Thesis Award from Michigan State University’s Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics; the 2009 award for Best Paper in Agricultural Economics; The 2013 Horizon Ribbon Award, from Washington College (his alma mater); the 2017 Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis; in 2017 he was elected to the Food Tank Board of Directors, and in 2019 he was named an “Outstanding Reviewer” for The American Journal of Agricultural Economics."