Ph.D., Iowa State University

Greg Traxler joined the Evans School faculty in Winter 2015. Prior to that he was Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2008–2014) and Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Auburn University (1990–2008). He was also an Affiliate Scientist in the Economics Program at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (1996–2003).

Traxler’s research focuses on the economics of agricultural science and technology in the United States and internationally. He has authored studies on the impacts of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), including GMO cotton in the U.S. and Mexico, GMO soybeans in Argentina, and GMO papaya in Thailand. Other studies have looked at the effect of monopoly power and economies of size in technology generation, and on the value of precommercial germplasm.

Traxler is a member of the Mexican Inter-Secretarial Commission of Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms Study Group on GMO Cotton in Mexico, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economics. He has served as a member of the US National Academies of Sciences committee on Global Challenges and Directions for Agricultural Biotechnology and was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Genome Canada project Translating Science: Genomics and Health Systems. Traxler also serves on the Board of the FamilyWorks Resource Center & Food Bank in Seattle.

At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Traxler developed and managed a portfolio of grants to support building the capacity for agricultural policy analysis and implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Traxler holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University, an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Minnesota, and a B.B.A. in Economics from the University of Portland.

Professional Title: 
Senior Lecturer
Current Position: 
Senior Lecturer
Agricultural Economics
Science and Technology Policy
Technology and Public Policy
Courses taught: 

PUBPOL 583: Science, Technology, and Public Policy 

PUBPOL 534: Food and Agricultural Policy in Developing Countries

PUBPOL 608: Capstone Project Seminar

PUBPOL 527: Quantitative Methods I