Jim Bingen is a Professor Emeritus (July 2013), Community, Food and Agriculture. With degrees in Political Science (UCLA) Jim works on range of food, farming and rural development issues in Michigan, Western Europe and French-speaking Africa. He collaborates with colleagues across the social and agricultural sciences on numerous applied research studies of: organic farming and place-named foods and development in the Great Lakes States. Jim was past president (2011-2012) of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS).
As an Associated Co-Director of the Working Group for Transdisciplinary Systems Research at BOKU, the national agricultural school in Vienna, Austria, he serves on the doctoral committees of five students at BOKU.
Jim holds the Chevalier d’Ordre du Mérite Agricole, (Order of Agricultural Merit) awarded by the Government of France and from October 2009-January 2010 he was a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna.