Marketing, Social Enterprise, Agriculture and Local Food Systems
Cheryl Brown is an Associate Professor in the Division of Resource Economics and Management at West Virginia University. She received her B.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. She taught for 5 years at Southeast Missouri State University before moving to West Virginia University in 2002. At WVU she serves as undergraduate coordinator for the Division of Resource Economics and Management and teaches undergraduate courses in agricultural marketing, sustainable living, social enterprise development, and environmental and resource economics. She is a member of the first cohort of IDEA (Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Academy) Fellows and is developing a new course in Social Entrepreneurship. She advises undergraduates and graduate students. Her research focuses on multiple aspects of agricultural sustainability, including organic and direct marketing, small farm viability, local and regional food system development, community food security and impacts of the food system on health. She is currently president of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition.