After obtaining his joint PhD in Economics and Statistics at North Carolina State University (1992-1996), Alan worked as a professor and subsequently Head from 2002-2007 in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Arizona. In April 2009, Alan moved to Canada where he joined the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics in his new position as Chair and Professor. In September 2014, Alan concluded his 5-year term and became Director of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Food and Agricultural Policy. Alan served as 2016-17 President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. In 2019, he became the OAC Research Chair in Agricultural Risk and Policy. Also in 2019, he became Managing Editor of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. In 2021, Alan was named Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. Alan joined the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Elton R. Smith Endowed Chair in Food and Agricultural Policy.