Meet Our Team

Research Associate


Erin has been with the team since September 2018. She holds a B.S. in Nutrition from NC State University and a M.S. in Nutrition from Meredith College. During her time with the team she has had the opportunity to work on many projects related to food and wellness policy, food systems, and food safety, though her main contribution has been related to the Contemporary Organic Policy project. Erin brings a unique perspective to the team and aims to understand the links between food policy and public health. She desires to inform efforts to achieve a food system with the capacity to sustain the ever-growing global population by integrating nutrition-related public health issues, environmental concerns, and food production and procurement methods. Her ultimate goal is to earn a PhD degree so she can continue conducting research and educating future leaders as a faculty member at a college or university. Outside of work, Erin enjoys cooking, exercising, traveling, being outdoors, attending concerts, and spending time with family and friends.


Graduate Students

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Byungyul is a PhD student in Economics at NC State University. Before coming to NC State, Byungyul received his M.A. in Economics at Korea University and his B.A. in Economics at Sejong University. His research interests are international trade and agricultural economics.

4th Year Doctoral Student


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Daemyung Lee is a doctoral student in Economics at North Carolina State University under the direction of Dr. Xiaoyong Zheng and Dr. Kathryn A. Boys (Co-chairs). His research interests include labor economics, health economics, agricultural economics, and econometrics. His thesis work is on the effects of an introduction of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) premiums on labor supply, medical utilization, health care expenditures, and health outcomes. In addition, he is currently studying market incentives for safe foods and food recalls. He has worked as a teaching assistant as well as a researcher with statistical programming languages, including SAS, Stata, Matlab.


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Shweta is a doctoral student in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University. She holds a B.A. in Economics from St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai (India) and a Master of Economics (MR) from North Carolina State University. She is interested in exploring the issues of local food systems and sustainable agriculture through her dissertation. Her research includes looking at opportunities and challenges faced by fresh produce growers in marketing cosmetically imperfect produce (CIP). Her other part of dissertation will be focused on the issue of food fraud in the food supply chain.

4th Year Doctoral Student


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Siqi received her B.A. in Economics from University of International Business and Economics in China and her M.S. in Economics from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Her research interests include topics related to food marketing, agricultural policy analysis and international trade. More specifically, she measures the impacts of Organic Equivalency Agreements (OEAs) on the imports of organic food products into the U.S. and Denmark. She also explores topics such as the effects of compliance cost on extensive margin of organic trade, and agri-food trade pattern between U.S. and Canada. She has a strong interest in applying econometric methods to assess impacts of agricultural policy and improve understanding of agri-food trade pattern. Siqi enjoys cooking, singing, swimming, HIIT, and teaching.

5th Year Doctoral Student


Undergraduate Research Assistants


Charby is a Senior studying Agricultural Business Management with minors in Statistics and Economics. He was born in Wuhan, China but grew up in Birmingham, AL for most of his childhood. Charby loves listening to classical music and plays the clarinet and the mellophone. He is actively involved in the Catholic Campus Ministry and enjoys reading theology. He also enjoys reading about the monetary theories of the Chicago and Austrian Schools and hopes to pursue a career in the banking industry.




Hannah is a Sophomore majoring in Agricultural Education with a concentration in Agricultural Business. Hannah is dedicated to performing well in school and at work. When she is not in class, she enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with friends, family, and her animals. After graduation, Hannah hopes to become a high school agriculture teacher, but has many other career goals and interests. Hannah is eager to see what skills she will develop in her time working as a research assistant.




Loni Askew is a Senior from Gatesville, North Carolina. She is currently majoring in Agricultural Business Management and minoring in Crop Science. Her interests include spending time at the beach, watching or playing sports, and being with friends and family. Loni serves as an Ambassador for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Vice President of the Agronomy Club. She also is actively involved in the Agricultural Business Management Club and Young Farmers and Ranchers Club. After graduating in December 2019, Loni plans to continue her education by working towards her Masters of Agribusiness Management.



Madelyn is a Senior at NC State University studying Economics with a minor in Sustainable Energy. Her interests include environmental and developmental economics, sustainable investment, and environmental justice. She plans to gain a research assistantship upon graduation where she can continue to explore her interests. 




Max was born and raised in Aquadale, North Carolina. He always wanted to attend North Carolina State University and has been a fan since he was a kid. Max is a Senior majoring in Agricultural Business Management while double minoring in Accounting and Economics. After graduation, he plans on pursuing a career in agricultural trade and later on enrolling in graduate school. In his free time Max enjoys golfing, attending NCSU football games, and spending quality time with family and friends.




Paige is a Junior double majoring in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and Applied Nutrition with a minor in Nonprofit Studies. She in passionate about ending campus hunger and hopes to work on this issue in her future career. She is the founder and former president of Challah of Hunger at NC State, a food insecurity organization focused on training student advocates. In addition, she helped found the Student Basic Needs Coalition and is developing a training program on basic needs for faculty and staff.




Tate Altman is a Senior studying Economics with a minor in Applied Mathematics. Tate recently returned from studying abroad in Vienna, Austria. During her five months abroad, she had the opportunity to travel to many different cities, countries, and continents. Tate enjoys yoga, cooking, and watching college football with her friends.



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