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About Dr. William Nganje

Nganje, William


Office: Richard H. Barry Hall 500

Phone: 701-231-8587

Fax: 701-231-7400

pdf documentDr. Nganje's Vita

Academic Positions

Department Chair and Professor, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, North Dakota State University, 2013 to current.

Associate Professor, Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management, College of Technology and Innovation, 2007 to 2013



Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999; Joint BS and MS Degree, Agricultural Economics, ENSA-University of Dschang, 1990


Research Areas

Risk management; financial analysis; economics of obesity, food safety and food terrorism; experimental economics; and consumer choice theory


Consulting Services for FAO, Food Service Agency-UK, World Bank Funded Projects


Academic Positions

Arizona State University: 2007-present. Previous Appointments: North Dakota State University, Assistant/Associate Professor, 1998-2007.


Selected Awards; Research & Teaching Awards

Best Paper, Volume 26. Agribusiness, An International Journal. “Offsetting Behavior and Food Safety Information for Fresh Produce” July, 2011; Runner-up for Best Paper, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, “Hysteresis and Investment in Food Safety.” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2009; Presidential Award for Excellence in Research and Communications, Best Paper, Journal of Food Distribution Research, “A Comparison between Perception of Risks and Willingness to Serve GM Foods”; Presidential Award for Excellence in Research and Communications, Best Paper, Journal of Food Distribution Research, “Price Premium for Bread Marketed as Low-Carbohydrates Bread,” 2008; Excellence in Teaching Award, Western Agricultural Economics Association, 2005; Outstanding Advisor Award for Excellence in Advising, North Dakota State University, 2005; Earl and Dorothy Foster Excellence in Teaching Award, North Dakota State University, 2004.


Professional Leadership

Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary, Agribusiness Region Group (WERA-72), 2008, 2007 & 2006; Board Member, Northland Educators Credit union, 2001-2006; Reviewed for Several Journals; Editorial Board Member, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 2006-2009; Board Member, Microenterprise Development Program (MED) - International Rescue Committee, 2009-Present; Editorial Board Member, Journal of International Agricultural Trade and Development, 2009-Present; Secretary/Treasurer AAEA-FSN Group, 2011-Onward; Undergraduate Program Chair, Morrison school.


Representative Publications

Timothy Richards and William Nganje. “Welfare Effects of Food Recall.” Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 62, Issue 1, p. 107-124, 2014.

Nganje, William, Renée Shaw Hughner, and Paul M. Patterson. “Perception of Risks and Preferences for Locally Grown Produce: A Marketing System Approach”  Journal of Food Product Marketing,Vol. 20, Issue 2, p. 196-214, 2014.

Jesus Bravo, Ignacio Molina and William Nganje. “Understanding intentional food contamination attitudes: applying Ajzen’s Theory of Planned Behavior to a sample of fruit and vegetable industry workers.” International Journal of Agricultural Management, Volume 3 Issue 1, p.43-52, 2013.
Claudia Dumitrescu, William Nganje, and Clifford Schultz II. “Market Opportunities and Challenges for U.S. Wheat Exports in the Balkans and Black Sea Region.” British Food Journal, Vol. 156, No. 10, p. 1518-1536, 2013.

Timothy Richards, Lisa Mancino and William Nganje. “Nutrient Demand in Food Away from Home: the Role of Physical Activity, Obesity and Health.” Forum for Health Economics and Policy, Vol 15, Issue #2, 2012.

Nganje, William, Renee Hughner, Nicholas Lee. “State Branded Programs and Consumer Preference for Locally Grown Produce,” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 40/1 (April):1–10, 2011.

Nganje, William, Miljkovic, Dragan, and Elvis Ndembe Mokake. “Offsetting Behavior and Food Safety Information for Fresh Produce” Agribusiness, An International Journal. Volume 26, No. 4 Autumn (Fall):557-572, 2010.

Nganje, William, Cheryl Wachenheim and William Lesch. “A Comparison between Perception of Risks and Willingness to Serve GM Foods.” Journal of Food Distribution Research, March, 2009, Vol. 40(2):58-71.

Nganje, William, Vicki Bier, Hoa Han, and Lorna Zach. "Models of Interdependent Security along the Milk Supply Chain." Proceeding Issue, American Journal of Agricultural Economic, 90(Number 5, 2008):1265-1271.

Nganje, William, Robert Hearne, Cole Gustafson and Michael Orth. "Farmers' Preferences for Alternative Crop and Health Insurance Subsidies." Review of Agricultural Economics (Now, Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy)." Vol. 30, No. 2 (Summer):333-351, 2008.

Miljkovic, Dragan, William Nganje, and Helene de Chastenet "Economic factors Affecting the Increase in Obesity in the United States: A Differential Response to Price" Food Policy, Vol. 33/1 pp 48-60, 2008.

Nganje,William, Simeon Kaitibie, Emmanuel Acquah, Cheryl Wachenheim and Gretchen Johnson. "Price Premium for Bread Marketed as Low-Carbohydrates Bread." Food Distribution Research. July, 2008, Vol. XXXIX(2):66-76.

Nganje, William, Dean Bangsund, Larry Leistritz, William Wilson, and Napoleon Tiapo. “Estimating Regional Economic Impacts of Fusarium Head Blight in Wheat and Barley.” Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol.26, No.3 (Fall):332-347, 2004.

Schuck, Eric, William Nganje and Yantio Debazou. “The Role of Land Tenure and Extension Education in the Adoption of Slash and Burn Agriculture.” Ecological Economics, Vol. 43(1):61-70, 2002.




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