Welcome. I am an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at the Ohio State University, and an InFACT Discovery Theme Initiative hire. I’m also an associate editor at the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, an ATAI affiliate, and a member of IFPRI’s ARENA team. I completed my PhD at Cornell’s Dyson School; Christopher Barrett was my advisor.
In my research I examine the factors that drive chronic poverty in poor, agricultural settings. Often that means I focus on agricultural productivity and/or linked dynamics between biophysical systems and human welfare. A few of my projects focus on soils, agriculture and micronutrient malnutrition. For instance, I am investigating linkages between soil minerals/metals, crop mineral concentration, and human mineral status in Nepal, India and Malawi. I am also examining the long-run implications of Green Revolution technologies for rural inequality and nutritional status in India. A lot of my work also focuses on measurement error, a chronic problem in agricultural data and climate data. For instance, one of my papers examines the implications of farmers’ misreporting and misperception of land size, when it comes to measuring agricultural intensification in Africa. I’m working on a paper regarding measurement error in gridded data.
I am also interested in linkages between health and poverty, both in the US and abroad. A couple of my papers examine intergenerational income and human capital transmission — and in particular, the role of maternal education and maternal health on child health. I’m slowly moving into work on (agro-)forestry and climate change adaptation/mitigation in poor agricultural settings. In 2020 I also began new, policy-relevant work on mental/behavioral crisis response in Columbus and other US cities: how it works now, and how to improve it.
My CV is here. Research page. Google scholar page. I moderate a geospatial data repository, and I’m on Twitter as leahbevis. A plug for my awesome department: here’s a map of our PhD graduate placements from 2007-2017.