Jean Kinsey


Professor Emerita, University of Minnesota. Ph.D. 1976

Jean Kinsey is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota, where she served on the faculty from 1976-2010. She is also the Director Emerita of The Food Industry Center where she served as Director/co-director 1995-2010.  She received a Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis in 1976, where she learned the value of good research and writing in building a career for herself and her students. UC-Davis imparted a confidence to pursue leading edge topics and projects. At Davis she was privileged to work with Dr. Sylvia Lane, one of the first women scholars in agricultural and applied economics and a mentor extraordinaire. Dr. Lane’s firm but gentle guidance into  professional academic activities laid the foundation for her career.

Research in consumer demand, consumer welfare and food industry performance have been at the core of her work. One of her missions was to convince colleagues to view agriculture (farming) as part of the larger food system with demand driving changes along the supply chain.

Dr. Kinsey has been president and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Council on Consumer Interests and of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington D.C. and the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. In 2009 St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN conferred an Alumni Achievement Award on her.  Recently, she was on the Institute of Medicine National Academies committee that produced the report A Framework for Assessing the Effects of the Food System. She currently serves on the Board of Managers of PJM in Philadelphia and the Food Safety Council for ConAgra Foods. In 2014 she was elected president of the University of Minnesota’s Retirees Association.


Select Awards and Accolades

Fellowship from The National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy, Resources for the Future, Washington D.C.

President and Board, American Council on Consumer Interests

Foundation Board, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Executive Board, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

President, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Director on the Board of Directors, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Honorable Mention for "Quality of Communication Award" by the AAEA for the book, Food Trends and the Changing Consumer

Distinguished Fellow of the American Council on Consumer Interests

Fellow, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Member, expert panel of Institute of Medicine under the National Academies

Alumni Achievement Award from St. Olaf College


Weblinks and More Information

Jean Kinsey ~ University of Minnesota

Food Industry Center Annual Reports

PJM Board of Managers