Gordon Rausser is the Robert Gordon Sproul Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Rausser, an eminent agricultural and resource economist, has combined meritorious careers in academia, government service, business, and public policy. He has served on three separate occasions as Chair of his academic department and was Dean of the College of Natural Resources for six years. He has been elected a Fellow of a number of professional associations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Statistical Association, and the Agriculture and Applied Economics Association. Due to his innovative research, he has been the recipient of twenty-three research, instructional and distinguished service awards, including national awards for best journal articles, research discovery, and publications of enduring quality. His government service includes serving two years with the Council of Economic Advisors, two years as Chief Economist at the Agency of International Development, U.S. State Department, and four years as President of the Institute of Policy Reform, Washington, D.C.