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Craig Gundersen

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture

Council expert Craig Gundersen

About Craig Gunderson

Craig Gunderson is a nonresident senior fellow of global food and agriculture at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He's currently the Soybean Industry Endowed Professor in Agricultural Strategy in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois and executive director of the National Soybean Research Laboratory. He is also a member of the Technical Advisory Group of Feeding America and is the lead researcher on the Map the Meal Gap project.

Previously, he was at the Economic Research Service of the USDA and at Iowa State University. Gundersen's research is primarily focused on the causes and consequences of food insecurity and on evaluations of food assistance programs. Among other journals, he has published in Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Econometrics, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of Nutrition, Pediatrics, Demography, Obesity Reviews, Future of Children, Food Policy, Applied Economics Policy and Perspectives, Review of Income and Wealth, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, and American Journal of Public Health.

His work has been supported by over $10 million in external funding from various government and non-government sources including, among other sources, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA); National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH); ConAgra Foods Foundation; Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR); AARP Foundation; American Beverage Association; US Agency for International Development (USAID); Walmart Foundation; USDA, Economic Research Service (ERS); Merck Foundation; Urban Institute; and USDA, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).