Assistant Professor

Dr. Travis Reynolds is an Assistant Professor of Community Development and Applied Economics, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in food policy, applied economics, and research methods. His research areas include institutional economics, agricultural development, and payments for environmental services, with an emphasis on the links between agriculture, food security, community governance institutions and the environment.

Research and/or Creative Works

REU Site: Undergraduate Research into the Cultural, Economic and Ecological Significance of Church Forests in South Gondar, Ethiopia:


  • Cullen, A, Anderson, CL, Biscaye, P, Reynolds, TW. (2018). Variability in cross domain risk perception among smallholder farmers in Mali by gender and other demographic and attitudinal characteristics. Risk Analysis. 38(7):1361–1377. 
  • Anderson, CL, Reynolds, T, Merfeld, JD, Biscaye, P. (2018). Relating seasonal hunger and prevention and coping strategies: A panel analysis of Malawian farm households. The Journal of Development Studies, 1–19.
  • Otieno, GA, Reynolds, TW, Karasapan*, A, Lopez-Noriega, I. (2017). Implications of seed policies for on-farm agrobiodiversity and food security policy in Ethiopia and Uganda. Sustainable Agriculture Research, 6(4): 12–30.
  • Reynolds, TW, Staves, K, Shimekach, T, Wassie, A. (2017). Changes in community perspectives on the roles and rules of church forests in northern Ethiopia: Evidence from a panel survey of four Orthodox communities. International Journal of the Commons, 11(1): 355–387.  
  • Reynolds, TW, Collins, C, Wassie, A, Liang*, J, Briggs*, W, Adamu, E. (2017). Sacred natural sites as mensurative fragmentation experiments in long-inhabited multifunctional landscapes. Ecography, 40(1): 144–157.
  • Anderson, CL, Reynolds, TW, Gugerty, MK. (2017). Husband and wife perspectives on farm household decision-making authority and evidence on intra-household accord in rural Tanzania. World Development, 90: 169–183.
  • LoTemplio*, S, Reynolds, TW, Wassie, A, Abrahams*, M, Bruesewitz, D, Wall*, J. (2017). Ethiopian Orthodox church forests provide regulating and habitat services: evidence from stream sediment and aquatic insect analyses. African Journal of Ecology. 55(2): 247–251.
  • Biscaye, PE, Reynolds, TW, Anderson, CL. (2017). Relative effectiveness of bilateral and multilateral aid on development outcomes. Review of Development Economics, 21(4): 1425–1447.
  • Liang*, J, Reynolds, TW, Wassie, A, Collins, C, Wubalem, A. (2016). Effects of exotic Eucalyptus spp. plantations on soil properties in and around sacred natural sites in the northern Ethiopian Highlands. AIMS Agriculture and Food. 1(2): 175–193.
  • Reynolds, TW, Waddington, SR, Anderson, CL, Chew, A, True, Z, Cullen, A. (2015). Environmental impacts and constraints associated with the production of major food crops in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Food Security, 7(4): 795–822.
  • McClenachan, L, O’Connor*, G, Reynolds, TW. (2015). Adaptive capacity of co-management systems in the face of environmental change: The soft-shell clam fishery and invasive green crabs in Maine. Marine Policy, 52: 26–32.
  • Reynolds, TW, Murray, B, Kolodinsky, J, Howell*, J. (2015). Contrasting self-reported willingness to pay and demonstrated purchase behavior for energy-saving technologies in a small island developing state. Energy for Sustainable Development, 27: 18–27.

Associations and Affiliations

  • ISEE
  • ATBC
Travis Reynolds CDAE Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

food policy, food security, agricultural development, sustainable agriculture, rural livelihoods


  • University of Washington (Ph.D.)
  • University of Vermont (M.S.)
  • Brown University


  • +1 802-656-8115
Office Location:

Morrill 204B

Courses Taught

CDAE 351 - Research Methods
CDAE 392 - Graduate Seminars