Associate Professor of Food Studies
Carolyn Dimitri is an applied economist who studies food systems and food policy. She is recognized as the leading expert in the procurement and marketing of organic food, and has published extensively on the distribution, processing, retailing, and consumption of organic food. Dimitri’s research spans the wide range of work on different aspects of the food system. She is currently studying urban agriculture in 15 cities around the country; food access in the urban setting; and the political economies of the national organic regulation. Dimitri has received grants from USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, National Research Initiative, and Risk Management Agency, and Northeast Center for Risk Management Education. For more than a decade, she worked as a research economist at the Economic Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture. She is currently an Associate Editor of the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, and is a member of the scientific board of the Organic Center. She earned a PhD in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.