I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Georgia.
My research interests center on understanding development phenomena at large scales, especially the major pathways that link agricultural growth and poverty reduction. I focus on large scale structural change processes in African economies. I'm particularly interested in how labor shifts out of agriculture as economies develop.
I received my PhD in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University in 2016. My dissertation received the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation and the Karl Eicher Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation on Africa. I received BS and MS degrees in Earth Systems from Stanford University.
Prior to enrolling in the PhD program, I worked as a program officer in Agricultural Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, managing a portfolio of grants supporting improved agricultural policy and data quality in developing countries. Previously, I worked as an economist at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN.
emccullough [at] uga.edu
University of Georgia
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147 Cedar St
Athens, GA 30602
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