Kristin Kiesel



Office: Social Sciences and Humanities 2147


Curriculum Vitae


My vision for education is student centered and requires a transition from an instructional to a learning paradigm. I strive to empower my students to think critically and creatively about the economic, social, and environmental challenges of our times in an interactive learning environment that extends beyond the classroom.



ARE 100B: Intermediate Microeconomics (Fall 2017)

ARE 136: Managerial Marketing (Fall 2017)

ARE 147 (147M): Resource and Environmental Policy Analysis (Winter 2017)

ARE 132: Cooperative Bussiness Enterprises (Winter 2019)

ARE 133: Introductory Behavioral Economics (Fall 2018)

Research interests:

My research addresses health, environmental, and social aspects of our food system with the goal of supporting a shift towards healthier and more sustainable food choices through policy interventions.

Recent publications:

Gail Woodward-Lopez, MPH, RD; Janice Kao, MPH, RD; Kristin Kiesel, PhD; Markell Lewis Miller, MPH; Maria Boyle, MS, RD; Soledad Drago-Ferguson, MPH; Ellen Braff-Guajardo, JD; Patricia Crawford, DrPH, RD 2014. Is Scratch Cooking a Cost Effective Way to Prepare Healthy School Meals with US Department of Agriculture Foods? Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 114(9): 1349-1358. 

Kristin Kiesel, Sofia B. Villas-Boas 2013. Can Information Costs Affect Consumer Choice? Nutritional Labels in a Supermarket Experiment. International Journal of Industrial Organization 31(2): 153-163. pdf-file

Rui Huang and Kristin Kiesel 2012. Does limited access at school result in compensation at home? The effect of soft drink bans in schools on purchase patterns outside of schools. European Review of Agricultural Economics. 39 (5): 797-820. pdf-file

Kristin Kiesel 2012."A Definition at Last, but What Does it All Mean?" Newspaper Coverage of the USDA Organic Seal and its Effects on Food Purchases. Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 37(1): 34–57. pdf-file

Kristin Kiesel, Jill J. MCCluskey, and Sofia B. Villas Boas 2011. Nutritional Labeling and Consumer Choices. Annual Review of Resource Economics 3 : 141-158. pdf-file

Kristin Kiesel, Sofia B. Villas-Boas 2007.USDA organic—What is it worth to the Consumer? ARE Update 11,2:5-8.pdf-file

Kristin Kiesel, Sofia B. Villas-Boas 2007. Got Organic Milk? Consumer Valuations of Milk Labels after the Implementation of the USDA Organic Seal. Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization 5:1-38. pdf-file

Kristin Kiesel, David Buschena, Vincent Smith 2005. Do Voluntary Biotechnology Labels Matter to the Consumer? Evidence from the Fluid Milk Market. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 87, 2: 378-392. pdf-file

Kristin Kiesel, David Buschena, Vincent Smith 2004. Consumer Acceptance and Labeling of GMOs in Food Products: a Study of Fluid Milk Demand. In R.D. Evenson and Vittorio Santaniello (Eds.): Consumer Acceptance of Biotechnology foods, CABI Publishing.


(last updated June 2018)