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William A. Masters

Professor of Food Economics and Policy, Tufts University

Will Masters is a Professor at Tufts University, in the Friedman School of Nutrition with a secondary appointment in the Department of Economics. His research focuses on the economics of agriculture, food and nutrition. 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).

Recent publications include “Measuring the affordability of nutritious diets in Africa“, “Agricultural transformation, food policy and the nutrition transition in Africa“, and “Climatic conditions and child height” as well as an undergraduate textbook co-authored with George Norton and Jeff Alwang, Economics of Agricultural Development: World Food Systems and Resource Use (Routledge, 3rd ed. 2014).

From 2006 through 2011 he edited the journal Agricultural Economics, and in 2010 he was named an International Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists, He served as chair for the International Section and the Food Safety & Nutrition Section of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA), and also received AAEA awards including the Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis (2013) and awards for Publication of Enduring Quality (2014) and Quality of Research Discovery (2019).


  • –present
    Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition and Department of Economics, Tufts University


  • 1991 
    Stanford University , Applied Economics (Food Research Institute)