Professor and Chair

Since 1987, Dr. Kolodinsky has been a faculty member in CDAE at the University of Vermont and is now Professor in and Chair of CDAE and Director of the Center for Rural Studies. Dr. Kolodinsky specializes in applied economics- the application of the concepts of demand, consumer behavior, and marketing principles to improve consumer wellbeing.

Research and/or Creative Works

Recently, Dr. Kolodinsky has been researching and exploring controversial food system policy issues including prices of sugar sweetened beverages, the economics of information related to the labeling of foods produced using genetic modification, and the use of subsidies to increase fresh food access for families with limited resources. Dr. Kolodinsky has over 200 academic publications, and has received over $4 million dollars in funding for her research. She has been recognized for her teaching and public service, and in the continued development of CDAE as a transdisciplinary department relevant to community needs in Vermont, nationally, and around the globe.  She has a robust interest in Food Systems, serving on the Food Systems Master's faculty and steering committee, which she also chaired.


Academic Journal Articles

  • Kolodinsky, J., Sitaker, M., Becot, F., Connor, L., Hanson, K., Morgan, M., Jilcott Pitts, S., Ammerman, A., and Seguin R. (2017). A Transdisciplinary Approach to Promoting Financial Stability of Local CSA Farmers and the Health of Resource Limited Families. Choices Special Issue on Transformations in Food Systems.
  • Becot, Florence, Jane Kolodinsky, Erin Roche, Alexandra Zipparo, Linda Berlin, Erin Buckwalter, and Janet McLaughlin (2017). Economic impact of Farm to School Programs: What we know and where are the gaps?  Choices, A journal of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  • Roche, E, J. Kolodinsky, R.N. Johnson, M. Pharis, and Jenna Banning (2017). Transforming the school environment leads to kids with good intentions. Choices Special Issue on Transformations in Food Systems.
  • Hamshaw, K., Inwood, S., Kolodinsky, J., and Needle, M. (In Press). Generating knowledge to inform regional planning for sustainability: The roles of community engagement and indicators in the ECOS Project. In S. Kenney, B. McGrath, R. Phillips (Eds.), The Handbook of Community Development: Perspectives from Around the Globe. London: Routledge.
  • Courtney A. Cuthbertson, Assa Dembélé, John Leatherman, Scott Loveridge, Jessica Tess, Suzanne Lo, Bob Stephens, Jane Kolodinsky, Kelly Hamshaw, Holly Larson Lesko, Mary Beth Dunkenberger, Nancy White, Ann Sherrard, Christina MacFarlane  (2016).  Community-Responsive Behavioral Health Research:  Translating Data for Public Consumption and Decision Making.  Community Development Practice. 20:  36-48.
  • Kolodinsky, Jane (2016).  Consumer Access and Choice in Sustainable Food Systems.  In Morath, Sarah, ed.  Farm to Fork, Akron, OH:  University of Akron Press.
  • Battista, G. A., Lee, B. H., Kolodinsky, J., & Heiss, S. (2015). Exploring Health Care Accessibility by Rural Seniors Using A Mixed-Methods Approach. Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2531:137-145.
  • Becot, Florence, David Conner and Jane Kolodinsky (2015). Where do Agri-Food Entrepreneurs Learn their Job and are there Skills they wished they Learned?  International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation 16(3):  207-215.
  • Reynolds, Travis, Byron T. Murray, Jane Kolodinsky, and Jillian Howella (2015). Contrasting self-reported willingness to pay and demonstrated purchase behavior for energy-saving lighting technologies in a small island developing state.  Energy for Sustainable Development. Volume 27, August 2015, Pages 18–27
  • Calancie, Leeman, Jilcott Pitts, Kettel Khan, Fleischhacker, Evenson, Schreiner, Byker, Owens, McGuirt, Barnidge, Dean, Johnson, Kolodinsky, Piltch, Pinard, Quinn, Whetstone, Ammerman. (2015)  Nutrition-related policy and environmental strategies to prevent obesity in rural communities: A systematic review of the literature. Preventing Chronic Disease. 12(E57):  1-15.
  • Kolodinsky, Jane (2015). Food Labeling.  The Sage Encyclopedia of Food Issues.  Los Angeles:  Sage.  Pp. 271-274.
  • Kolodinsky, Jane (2015).  Community Supported Agriculture.  The Sage Encyclopedia of Food Issues.  Los Angeles:  Sage.  Pp. 204-209.
  • Kolodinsky, Jane (2015).  Childhood Obesity.  Food Issues.  The Sage Encyclopedia of Food Issues.  Los Angeles: Sage
  • Roche, E., D. Conner and J. Kolodinsky (2015). Increasing Local Procurement in Farm to School Programs: An Exploratory Investigation. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development.  5(2):  81-90
  • Sitaker, Marilyn Jane Kolodinsky, Stephanie Jilcott Pitts, and Rebecca Seguin (2014). Do entrepreneurial food systems innovations impact rural economies and health? Evidence and gaps.  Journal of Entrepreneurship, Special Issue on Rural Entrepreneurship. 7(2):  4-15.
  • Vatovec , C., P. Brown, M. Erten, T. James, J. Kolodinsky,  B. Sprague, and M. Wood (2014).  Ductal carcinoma in situ: a brief review of treatment variation and impacts on patients and society. Critical Reviews in Eukaryotic Gene Expression.  24(4):281-6.
  • Sun, T., Lin, S., and J. Kolodinsky (2014).Hierarchical trait predictors of healthy diet: a comparison between US and Chinese young consumers. International Journal of Consumer Studies, Volume 38, Issue 6, pages 620–627.
  • Conner, D., Becot, F., Kolodinsky, J., Resnicow, S. and Finley Woodruff, K. (2014). Fostering the Next Generation of Agri-food Entrepreneurs in Vermont: Implications for University Based Education. NACTA Journal, 58 (3), 221-229.
  • Kolodinsky, Jane (2014). Mother/Child Food Preparation, Race/Ethnicity and Weight in the United States.  International Federation of Home Economics.  in The economic and social situation of families in the context of Home Economics IFHE monograph in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of Family.
  • Donna B Johnson, Emilee Quinn, Marilyn Sitaker, Alice Ammerman, Carmen Byker, Wesley Dean, Sheila Fleischhacker, Jane Kolodinsky, Courtney Pinard, Stephanie B Jilcott Pitts and Joseph Sharkey (2014). Developing an agenda for research about policies to improve access to healthy foods in rural communities: a concept mapping study.  BMC Public Health. 14(1):592. (IF  2.08)
  • Becot, F., Conner, D., Kolodinsky, J. and Mendez, E. (2014). Measuring the Cost of Production and Pricing on Small Diversified Farms: Juggling Decisions Amidst Uncertainties. Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.  2014 JOURNAL OF THE ASFMRA:  174-191.
  • Watts, Richard A., Sarah Heiss, Michael Moser, Jane Kolodinsky, Rachel K. Johnson (2014).Tobacco Taxes vs Soda Taxes: A Case Study of a Framing Debate in Vermont Health Behavior & Policy Review. 1(3):191-196
    (90)   Kolodinsky, Jane (2014).  Food Safety.  Contributor.  Consumer Survival:  An Encyclopedia of Consumer Safety and Protection (Reiboldt, W., & Horn Mallers, M., eds. Consumer Survival [2 volumes]: An Encyclopedia of Consumer Rights, Safety, and Protection [Wendy Reiboldt, Melanie Horn Mallers] pp. 460-464 ABC-CLIO Publishers.
  • Kolodinsky, Jane (2014).  Food Labeling. Contributor.  Consumer Survival:  An Encyclopedia of Consumer Safety and Protection (Reiboldt, W., & Horn Mallers, M., eds). Pp. 452-460. ABC-CLIO Publishers. 
  • Kolodinsky, Jane, DeSisto, Thomas, Propen, David, Putnam, Mathew, Roche, Erin, and Sawyer, W. (2013).  It's not how far you go, it's whether you can get there: Modeling the effect of mobility on quality of life in a northern rural climate. Journal of Transport Geography. 31 (2013) 113–122 (IF 2.53)
  • Kolodinsky, J, R. Johnson, R. Watts, S. Heiss, and M. Moser (2013). Exercising Our Right to Health with Excise Taxes on Sugary Beverages. Food Politic:  Journal of Food News and Culture.  May 7.  Available:
    Berlin, Linda, Jane Kolodinsky, and Kim Norris (2013). Farm-to-School: Implications for Child Nutrition. Journal of School Health. 83(8):  589-95. (IF 1.34)
  • Roche, Conner, Kolodinsky, Buckwalter, Berlin, Powers (2012). Social cognitive theory as a framework for considering farm to school programming. Childhood Obesity. (8: 4), 322-328.
  • Li, M., Q. Wang, and J. Kolodinsky (2012). "Estimating the optimal premium rates for credential food attributes:
    A case study in the northeast United States," Journal of Food Distribution Research. Volume 43, Issue 2: 51-63.
  • Becot, F., Nickerson, V., Conner, D. & Kolodinsky, J. (2012). Costs of Food Safety Certification on Fresh Produce Farms in Vermont. HortTechnology, 22(5). (IF .44)
  • Kolodinsky, J., Roche, E., DeSisto, T., Sawyer, W., and D. Propen (2012).  Understanding Quality of Life in a Northern Rural Climate. Journal of the Community Development Society. DOI:10.1080/15575330.2012.720580
  • Anderson, L., Chase, L., Mastrangelo, C., Kestenbaum, D., and J. Kolodinsky (2012). Eco-labeling motor-coach operators in the North American travel tour industry: analyzing the role of tour operators.  Journal of Sustainable Tourism Ifirst, 1-15. (IF 1.92)
  • Kolodinsky, Jane, Naomi K Fukagawa, Erin Roche, Cynthia Belliveau, and Haylley Johnson (2012). Walking the Talk of Food Systems at a Small Land Grant University.  Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD). Spring., pp. 1–11.           
  • Kolodinsky, Jane (2012).  A Systems Approach to Food Future Proofs the Home Economics Profession.  Book Chapter.  Pendergast, D., McGregor, S. & Turkki, K. (2012). Creating Home Economics Futures: The Next 100 Years. Australian Academic Press: Brisbane. ISBN:9781921513961
  • Kolodinsky, Jane (2012). Persistence of Health Labeling Information Asymmetry in the United States:  Historical Perspectives and 21st Century Problems.  Journal of Macromarketing. Advance Publication, April 26, 2012, DOI: 10.1177/0276146711434829.  32 Issue 2 June 2012 pp. 193 - 207. (1.14)
  • Conner, D., King, B., Kolodinsky, J., Roche, E., Koliba, C. and Trubek, A.  (2012). You can know your school and feed it too: Vermont farmers' motivations and distribution practices in direct sales to school food services. Agriculture and Human Values. Online first publication: (1.54)
  • Reynolds, T., Kolodinsky, J. and B. Murray (2012). Consumer preferences and willingness to pay for compact fluorescent lighting: Policy implications for energy efficiency promotion in Saint Lucia. Energy Policy. Volume 41,  Pages 712-722. (3.19)
  • Pollak, N., L. Chase, C. Ginger and J. Kolodinsky (2012). The Northern Forest Canoe Trail: Economic impacts and implications for community development.  Journal of Community Development. 1–14, Volume 43, Issue 2, pages 244-258  Available:

Conference Proceedings

  • Jane Kolodinsky, R.K. Johnson, J. Harvey-Berino, L. Berlin, (2009, in press). Providing Nutrition Information at the Point of Sale in a Dining Service Environment American Council on Consumer Interests.
  • Jane Kolodinsky, Amanda Goldstein (2009 forthcoming). Moving toward the transdisciplinary: Using multiple data sets to examine overweight in America. American Council on Consumer Interests.
  • Kolodinsky, Jane (2008). Obesity and Time Use- A First Look Using ATUS Data. American Council on Consumer Interests.
  • Kolodinsky, Jane, and Thomas Desisto (2007). A Household Production Approach to Overweight: A Model and Preliminary Estimates. American Council on Consumer Interests.
  • Hogarth, J., J. Kolodinsky, and T. Gabor. 2006. Consumer payment choices: paper, plastic - or electrons? American Council on Consumer Interests.
  • Dillon, A. and J. Kolodinsky. 2006. Heterogeneity in opinion of GMO products and demand for GMO labels: an exploratory cluster analyses using Vermont and national samples. American Council on Consumer Interests.

Awards and Recognition

  • University Scholar, University of Vermont, 2017
  • Distinguished Fellow, American Council on Consumer Interests, 2017
  • FSLI (Food Systems Leadership) Faculty Fellow, 2007-08
  • Vogelman Award for Research Excellence 2005
  • UVM Vermonters in Pursuit of Research Excellence Award 2000
  • Fulbright Senior Fellowship, Institute for Social Medicine and the Hanover (Hanover, Germany) 1998
  • American Council on Consumer Interests Mid-Career Award for Professional Achievements and Service to the Organization 1997
  • State Agricultural Experiment Station, College of Agriculture Leadership Development Program (ESCOP/ACOP) 1996-1997
  • HERS Women in Higher Education Administration Program Fellowship 1995-1996
  • Carrigan Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching 1994
  • 1989 American Council on Consumer Interests Dissertation Award

Associations and Affiliations

  • Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, Chair
  • Food and Agricultural Marketing Section 2017, Chair 
  • Institutional and Behavioral Economics Section, 2018, Chair
  • Food Safety and Nutrition Section, 2016
  • American Council on Consumer Interests, Past President and Board Member
jane kolodinsky

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

concepts of demand, consumer behavior, and marketing principles to improve consumer wellbeing.


  • PhD 1988 Cornell University
  • MBA 1983 Kent State University
  • BS 1981 Kent State University


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Office Location:

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