Rick Welsh

Department Chair
Falk Family Endowed Professor
Undergraduate Program Director

Rick Welsh joined the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies as a Professor of Food Studies in August, 2012. Prior to taking this position he worked at Clarkson University as a Professor of Sociology. Previous positions have included Policy Analyst with the Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture and the Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program for the Southern Region. He also serves as editor-in-chief for the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems published by Cambridge University Press. His research and teaching focus on social change and development with emphases on agri-food systems, science and technology studies and environmental sociology.


Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University

Master of Science in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida

Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the College of William and Mary


Food and agricultural policy, survey and interview methods, technological change in agriculture, organic agriculture, genetically modified organisms (agricultural biotechnology), rural development, livestock industry, anaerobic digesters, wetland preservation.