Amanda Countryman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University. Her research employs econometric and computable general equilibrium modeling techniques to investigate the economic implications of international trade policy, focusing specifically on the impacts of trade reform on agriculture. Amanda investigates issues related to the Doha Development Agenda of the World Trade Organization as well as bilateral and multilateral trade partnerships, nontariff barriers to trade, the role of agricultural trade policy on poverty as well as the trade implications of transboundary animal disease outbreaks.
Amanda completed her B.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics and B.A. in Spanish at the University of Arizona in 2005 before earning her M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University in 2007. She volunteered for a USDA Food for Progress program in Guatemala and also worked as an international intern for the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service in Pretoria, South Africa prior to doctoral studies. Amanda earned her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in December, 2010. She worked in the Center for Global Trade Analysis and taught mathematical economics while at Purdue. Amanda also helped facilitate an agribusiness leadership short course in Brazil with the Center for Food and Agricultural Business, and was awarded a fellowship from the National Science Foundation to conduct dissertation research in Japan. Prior to joining the faculty at CSU, Amanda was a Research Agricultural Economist in the Market and Trade Economics Division at the USDA Economic Research Service in Washington, D.C.
Amanda was born and raised on a cotton, cattle and alfalfa farm in Buckeye, Arizona where her family continues in production agriculture.