Alexander Hopkins

Alexander Hopkins

Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

PhD Student


B.S., Mathematics, Honors, University of Iowa
A.S., Rock Valley College

Major Professor: Richard Horan

Areas of Specialization: Environmental and Resource Economics 

Alexander was born and raised near Rockford, Illinois, about 85 miles west-northwest of Chicago. He attended a dual credit program in high school, earning his A.S. from Rock Valley College in 2015 before completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa under the Old Gold Scholarship and the National Scholars Award. He then joined the Department of Mathematics at MSU as a first-year Ph.D. student in the fall of 2018. After realizing that his mathematical training could be applied to better understand and solve real-world problems, he joined AFRE in the fall of 2019.

Currently, Alexander is working with Dr. Richard Horan and studying various aspects of water quality trading programs (i.e., pollution permit markets). When not doing academic work, Alexander can usually be found cycling, reading a book while cozied up with his cats, at a coffee shop, or adventuring with his wife, Kelsey.