David Wheeler Hughes, Ph.D.

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  Agricultural and Resource Economics
Office: 227B Morgan Hall
Phone: (865) 974-7463
Email: dhughe17@tennessee.edu

Focus: Greever Chair of Agribusiness

  • Past and current areas of outreach and research include agribusiness-based economic development, rural entrepreneurship with an emphasis on agribusiness, and economic impact analysis, primarily for agribusiness-based activities.
Biographical sketch

David Hughes recently joined the University of Tennessee Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics as professor and Greever Endowed Chair in agribusiness development. The objective of the Greever Chair is to establish a nationally recognized program that enhances agribusiness development in Tennessee and the nation.

“For numerous reasons, the future remains bright for Tennessee agriculture and agribusiness. I am excited about the possibilities of working with my University of Tennessee Extension, departmental and other colleagues and with agricultural and economic development clientele groups throughout the state in helping to grow the Tennessee agricultural and agribusiness sectors,” says Hughes.

Originally from Lancaster, South Carolina, Hughes received his undergraduate degree in history, a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Washington State University (WSU).

He also served as a post-doctorate researcher at WSU in international agricultural development (West Africa and Jordan) and regional economics. He served as an assistant and associate professor at Louisiana State University; extension specialist, associate professor and professor at West Virginia University; and professor and extension specialist at Clemson University where he also served as extension program leader for community development activities.

Recent Publications


M.S. Agricultural Economics, Clemson University
Ph.D. Agricultural Economics, Washington State University