Professor and Chair

Dr. Kolodinsky 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.


  • Hanson, Karla, Jennifer Garner, Leah M. Connor, Stephanie B. Jilcott Pitts, Jared McGuirt, Raiven Harris, Jane Kolodinsky, Weiwei Wang, Marilyn Sitaker, Alice Ammerman and Rebecca A. Seguin (revised) Community Supported Agriculture for low-income families: Barriers to participation and proposed solutions. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
  • McGuirt, J., Jilcott Pitts, S., Hanson, K., DeMarco, M., Sequin, R., Kolodinsky, J., Becot, F., Ammerman, A., (Revised, 2018). A choice experiment to examine factors influencing willingness to participate in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program among low income parents. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems.
  • Lindsey Haynes-Maslow, Isabel Osborne, Stephanie Jilcott Pitts, Marilyn Sitaker, Carmen Byker Shanks, Lucia Leone, Adriana Maldonado, Jared McGuirt, Lauri Andress, Lisa Bailey-Davis, Barbara Baquero, Jane Kolodinsky, Brian Lo, Emily Morgan, Rebecca Seguin, Alice Ammerman (revised, 2018).  Rural Corner Store Owners’ Perceptions of Stocking Healthier Foods in Response to Proposed Changes to the United States’ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Retailer Rule. Food Policy.
  • Kolodinsky, Jane and Jayson Lusk (accepted, May 2018). Mandatory Labels can Improve Attitudes toward Genetically Engineered Food. Science Advances.
  • White, Michelle J., Stephanie B. Jilcott Pitts, Jared T. Mcguirt, Karla L.Hanson, Jane Kolodinsky, Emily H. Morgan, Weiwei Wang, Marilyn Sitaker, Alice S. Ammerman, and Rebecca A. Seguin, (In press, 2018). The Perceived Influence of Cost-Offset Community Supported Agriculture on Food Access Among Low-Income Families. Public Health Nutrition.
  • Kolodinsky, Jane, and Katherine Horner (in production, 2018). Childhood Obesity, Food Choice and Market Influence.  In Bagchi, Debasis, editor. Global Perspectives on Childhood Obesity.  Elsevier.
  • Kolodinsky, Jane (in production). Ethical Tensions from a “Science Alone” Approach in Communicating GE Science to Consumers. James, Harvey, editor, Ethical Tensions from New Technology: The Case of Agricultural Biotechnology, CABI:  Wallingford, U.K.
  • Haynes-Maslow, Lindsey; Andress, Lauri; Pitts, Stephanie Jilcott; Osborne, Isabel; Baquero, Barbara; Bailey-Davis, Lisa; Byker-Shanks, Carmen; Houghtailing, Bailey, Kolodinsky, Jane; Lo, Brian; Morgan, Emily; Piltch, Emily; Prewitt, Elaine; Senguin, Rebecca; Ammerman, Alice. (2018, in print). Arguments used in public comments to support or oppose the USDA's minimum stocking requirements in 2016: A content analysis. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Inwood, S., A. Knudson, F.A. Becot, B. Braun, S.J. Goetz, J.M. Kolodinsky, S. Loveridge, K. Morris, J. Parker, B. Parsons, R. Welborn, and D.E. Albrech (2018) "Health Insurance and National Farm Policy." Choices. Quarter 1. Available online:
  • Hamshaw, K., Inwood, S., Kolodinsky, J., and Needle, M. (2017). 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. Pp 159-173.
  • Karla Hanson, Ph.D, Jane Kolodinsky, PhD; Weiwei Wang; Emily H Morgan, PhD, MPH; Alice S Ammerman, DrPH; Rebecca  A Seguin, PhD, CSCS (2017). Adults and Children participating in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) have high fruit and vegetable consumption. Nutrients, 9(7), 726; doi:10.3390/nu9070726 (registering DOI)
  • Seguin RA, Morgan EH, Hanson KL, Ammerman A, Jilcott Pitts SB, Kolodinsky J, Sitaker M, Becot FA, Connor LM, Garner JA, McGuirt JT. (2017). Farm Fresh Foods for Healthy Kids (F3HK): An innovative community supported agriculture intervention to prevent childhood obesity in low-income families and strengthen local agricultural economies. BMC Public Health. 2017;17:306
  • Kolodinsky, J., G. Battista, E. Roche, B. Lee, and R.N. Johnson (2017). Estimating the Effect of Mobility and Food Choice on Obesity in a Rural, Northern Environment.  Transport Geography. 61: 30–39
  • Porter, Jennifer, David Conner, Jane Kolodinsky, and Amy Trubek (2017) Get real: An analysis of student preference for real food.  Agriculture and Human Values. First online 11 April 2017. doi:10.1007/s10460-017-9785-9
  • 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.
  • (110) 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.
  • 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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Gund Center for the Environment, Fellow, 2018-
  • University Scholar, University of Vermont, 2017
  • Distinguished Fellow, American Council on Consumer Interests, 2017
  • FSLI (Food Systems Leadership) Faculty Fellow, 2007-08
  • Vogelmann 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:
  • Food and Agricultural Marketing Section 2017, Past Chair
  • Institutional and Behavioral Economics Section, 2018, Chair
  • CRENET, incoming chair, 2018
  • 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:

202 Morrill Hall