Michael W. Hamm

Michael W.   Hamm
  • Charles Stewart Mott Distinguished Professorship
  • Established through a gift from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Community Sustainability


Michael Hamm holds the Charles Stewart Mott Distinguished Professorship in the Department of Community Sustainability at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. His research and applied work focuses on community-based food systems, food security, sustainable agriculture, and nutrition education. 

Hamm received his BA in biology from Northwestern University and his PhD in nutrition from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan State University, he held faculty appointments at Northwestern University, the University of Minnesota, and Rutgers University. While at Rutgers, Hamm was dean of academic and student programs for Cook College. 

His appointment as the C.S. Mott Professor encompasses teaching, research and outreach. His outreach focus includes working with communities to develop community-based food systems and working on local and state food policy issues. Hamm founded the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Agriculture in 2003 and was founding director of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems from 2011-2015. He has published his research and findings in publications including Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, HortTechnology, and Journal of Rural Studies.