Jonathan is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics in the School of Economics at the University of Maine. He completed his B.A. in Economics at the University of Virginia and his PhD in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis.
Jonathan’s research and teaching are guided by the belief that economic thinking can offer critical insight into the design of programs and policies meant to serve poor and marginalized communities. Having grown up in rural Western Pennsylvania, served in the Peace Corps, and conducted extensive fieldwork in Eastern Africa, Jonathan believes that the opportunity to use economic research to better address the problems posed by poverty exists both at home and abroad. His current research is focused on removing barriers to opportunity and increasing resilience for rural communities in Maine.