William Masters

William Masters

(617) 636-3751
150 Harrison Ave, Room 251
Research/Areas of Interest:

Economics and policy analysis for agriculture, food and nutrition


  • PhD, Stanford University, Stanford, United States, 1991
  • BA, Yale University, New Haven, United States, 1984
  • ND, Deep Springs College, Deep Springs, CA, United States, 1981


Will Masters is a Professor in the Friedman School, with a secondary appointment in Tufts University's Department of Economics. His research uses economic methods to inform and improve the food system, especially in developing countries. From 2011 to 2014 he served as chair of the Friedman School's Department of Food and Nutrition Policy, and before coming to Tufts was a faculty member in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University (1991-2010), and also at the University of Zimbabwe (1989-90), Harvard's Kennedy School of Government (2000) and Columbia University (2003-04).

He is the co-author of an undergraduate textbook, Economics of Agricultural Development: World Food Systems and Resource Use (Routledge, 3rd ed. 2014). From 2006 through 2011 he edited Agricultural Economics, the journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. In 2010 he was named an International Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists, and he has been awarded the Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis (2013), the Publication of Enduring Quality Award (2014), and the Quality of Research Discovery Award (2019) from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).