H. Christopher Peterson

H. Christopher  Peterson
  • Homer E. Nowlin Chair in Consumer Responsive Agriculture
  • Established by the Board of Trustees through an estate gift by Homer E. Nowlin
  • Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics


Christopher Peterson is a professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and is the Homer E. Nowlin Chair in Consumer Responsive Agriculture.

Peterson earned his MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and his PhD in agricultural economics from Cornell University. His research and outreach activities span the areas of strategic management, value-added ventures and differentiated product development, cooperative theory and financial practices, entrepreneurship, business innovation, the emergence of the bioeconomy, vertical coordination strategy, and supply chain management. He is also interested in ͞futuring,͟ to craft scenarios for the evolution of the agri-food and bioeconomy systems.

As of 2017, he serves on the state advisory board for the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Centers and the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Michigan Endowed Project. He has served as an outside director on three major cooperative boards, and on the international advisory board of TransForum, a public/private consortium dedicated to scientific and practical discoveries to enhance the sustainability of agriculture in the Netherlands and globally.