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Assistant Professor, Cornell University

Dr. Wendong Zhang is an Assistant Professor and Extension Economist in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. His research seeks to better understand U.S. farmland market, agricultural water conservation and Chinese agriculture.

Dr. Zhang is currently Faculty Affiliate at Cornell Center for China Economic Research (CICER), Faculty Fellow at Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, and am selected as 2022-2023 Global Public Voices Fellow at Cornell Einaudi Center for International Studies.

Before joining Cornell, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University, where he is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD). Dr. Zhang led the Iowa Land Value Survey at Iowa State, co-founded the ISU China Ag Center, and served as the Academic Vice President of ASFMRA Iowa Chapter.

Dr. Zhang currently an Associate Editor of American Journal of Agricultural Economics as well as the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. in Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics from the Ohio State University in July 2015, and he also holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Fudan University in China.


  • 2021–present
    Associate Professor, Iowa State University
  • 2022–present
    Assistant Professor, Cornell University
  • 2015–2021
    Assistant Professor, Iowa State University


  • 2015 
    The Ohio State University, Agricultural and Environmental Economics
  • 2009 
    Fudan University, Environmental Science


  • 2018
    What Have We Learned from China's Past Trade Retaliation Strategies?, Choices Magazine
  • 2018
    Do US Anglers Care About Harmful Algal Blooms?A Discrete Choice Experiment of Lake Erie Recreational Anglers, American Journal of Agricultural Economics
  • 2018
    Current Farm Downturn vs. 1920s and 1980s Farm Crisis: An Economic and Legal Comparison, Agricultural Finance Review

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Quantifying the Transmission of U.S.-China and Global Policy Impacts through a New Commodity-Specific International General-Equilibrium System
    Funding Source:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture

Professional Memberships

  • Agricultural & Applied Economics Association
  • American Economic Association
  • Chinese Economists Society

Research Areas

  • Agricultural Economics (140201)
  • Applied Economics (1402)


2019 AAEA Bruce Garner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis Award; 2023 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award by ASFMRA Iowa Chapter; 2022 Young Professional Achievement Award by Ohio State CFAES Alumni Society