University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
James E. Allen, IV

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James E. Allen IV

Instructor, Department of Agricultural Economics
Research Director, Community & Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK)
404 C.E. Barnhart Building
Lexington, KY 40546-0276
859-218-4386 office
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Educational Background

M.S. Michigan State University, 2012
B.S. Alma College, 2009

Areas of Interests

International Agricultural Development, Rural Economic Development, Environmental Economics, Applied Econometrics


AEC 300 (fall) - Agriculture and Economic Development
AEC 300 (spring) - Introduction to Resource and Environmental Economics

Biographical Information

James Allen is a lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky, teaching undergraduate courses in agricultural development and environmental economics. He is also Research Director for the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK), where he is responsible for coordinating several economic development research activities with faculty and graduate students. A sample of current activities includes management of CEDIK's County Data Profiles, development of an Economic Gardening program with Kentucky's Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), and publishing research on rural entrepreneurship and the value of rural healthcare facilities in Kentucky. His research with CEDIK is being published in the Journal of Rural Health and the Journal of Extension. Previously, James served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali (2010-2012) and graduated from Michigan State University, where his research focused on food security and farming systems in West Africa. As a lecturer, he often brings his experience from Mali into the classroom to give students a greater understanding of agricultural and environmental issues in developing countries. Additionally, his lectures express his enthusiasm for issues such as hunger, poverty, and climate change and try to show students how agricultural economics can play a vital role in solving these global problems.