Christine Sauer

Christine Sauer

Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

PhD Student


B.A. (2), Grand Valley State University

Major Professor: Tom Reardon

Expected Graduation: Spring 2021

Areas of Specialization: Food and Agricultural Economics, Food System Transformation, and Agricultural Development

Job Market Paper: The Penetration of Highly Processed Food and Meals Away from Home in Tanzania


Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, Christine completed her undergrad education at Grand Valley State University, where she studied both economics and Spanish. While at GVSU she took a class on the sociology of food, which ignited her interest in studying all aspects of food – food systems, food culture, and food security. When Christine learned about the field of agricultural economics, she knew this was what she wanted to study … and when she learned about AFRE, she knew this was where she wanted to be. Christine hopes to use her PhD to improve understanding of the evolving food systems of the developing world (particularly sub-Saharan Africa) and how countries can achieve food security within these transforming agri-food systems.

Besides food, her interests include weight lifting, reading, buying houseplants, and learning Turkish.