William A. Masters

  • Department of Economics, Tufts University (secondary appointment)
  • Director, IMMANA Fellowships Program

Will Masters is a Professor in the Friedman School, with a secondary appointment in Tufts University's Department of Economics.  His research uses economic methods to inform and improve the food system, especially in developing countries.  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).

He is the co-author of an undergraduate textbook, Economics of Agricultural Development: World Food Systems and Resource Use  (Routledge, 3rd ed. 2014). From 2006 through 2011 he edited Agricultural Economics, the journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists.  In 2010 he was named an International Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists, and he has been awarded both the Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis (2013) and the Publication of Enduring Quality Award (2014) from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).  


  • Ph.D., 1991, Food Research Institute, Stanford University
  • M.A., 1986, Food Research Institute, Stanford University
  • B.A., 1984, Economics and Political Science, Yale University

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