Lauren Chenarides


Lauren Chenarides is an Assistant Professor at the Morrison School of Agribusiness, where she teaches courses on food advertising and promotions, food supply networks, and food policy. She joined W.P. Carey in 2017 after completing her doctorate in agricultural, environmental, and regional economics at Pennsylvania State University. 

Professor Chenarides' research focuses on understanding barriers to accessing affordable, healthy foods and the consequences of poor food access on consumer spending, diet, and health; and analyzing trends and developments in food retailer competition, market concentration, and marketing strategies. Her dissertation investigated how food retailers' decisions, such as the availability of healthy food items, might exacerbate or mitigate the hardships consumer face living in food deserts.

Professor Chenarides is actively involved in scholarly associations, including the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, American Economic Association, and Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association. Her most recent research, published in Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, explored the relationships between store formats, market structure, and consumers' food shopping decisions.



  • Ph.D. Agricultural, Environmental, and Regional Economics, Pennsylvania State University 2017
  • B.A. Mathematics, College of the Holy Cross 2008


Research Interests

  • Food Access
  • Food Retailing Landscape
  • Food Marketing
  • Scanner Data
  • Consumer Store Choice
  • Demand Modeling
  • Food and Health Economics
  • Applied Industrial Organization 


Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AGB 414Food and Agribus Policy Issues
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
WPC 394Special Topics
AGB 420Food Advertising and Promotion
AGB 425Food Supply Networks


  • Pre-Doctoral Fellow  National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 2016
  • Travel Grant Recipient  Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, 2016
  • College of Agricultural Sciences Travel Award  Pennsylvania State University, 2016
  • College of Agricultural Sciences International Tag Along Fund Program Recipient  Pennsylvania State University, 2015
  • Student Scholarship Recipient  Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economic Association, 2013