Scott Swinton

  • Scott M. Swinton is a professor and associate chairperson in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University.  He directs the department’s graduate program and teaches applied microeconomics at the graduate level. His economic research explores how people manage agricultural ecosystems, and how changes in policy and technology can encourage better environmental stewardship while sustaining farm livelihoods.  He collaborates closely with biologists, engineers and other social scientists in analyzing food and energy biomass production systems, particularly in the Americas and in Africa. Scott has published over 75 journal articles and edited 3 books. He is currently a director of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, as well as an Aldo Leopold Fellow, past co-editor of Review of Agricultural Economics, and past associate editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Frontiers in Ecology and Environment, and Journal of Production Agriculture. Dr. Swinton received his B.A. from Swarthmore College, M.S. from Cornell University and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.