Charles Nicholson

Charles Nicholson

Adjunct Associate Professor

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Faculty Area

Interdisciplinary Theme

Faculty Expertise

  • Food and Agricultural Economics
  • Food System Dynamics
  • Dairy Markets and Policy


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
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Chuck Nicholson is an adjunct associate professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, and a former Clinical Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management in the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems at the Pennsylvania State University.

Nicholson's current research focuses on comparative economic and environmental assessment of conventional and controlled-environment agriculture supply chains for fruits and vegetables. More generally, his research has investigated the application of systems models to pricing, market, trade, and policy analysis of agricultural and food supply chains. His recent instructional activities have included forecasting, inventory management, distribution, and strategic procurement in supply chains. He has worked with numerous food industry organizations to assess strategic options for distribution-network design, and in interdisciplinary collaborations to assess the impacts of interventions of food-system outcomes in both developed and developing economies.

Nicholson was a senior research associate in AEM from 2000 to 2009, and served as associate director for research for the Cornell Program on Dairy Markets and Policy and coordinator of the Cornell System Dynamics Network (CSDNet).

Prior to that, Nicholson worked at the University of Vermont and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). He has PhD ('96) and MS ('90) degrees in agricultural economics from Cornell University and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California at Davis.

Recent Courses

  • AEM 7000 - Individual Study in Applied Economics and Management
  • AEM 3430 - Principles of Supply Chain Management

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Cornell University, 1996
  • MS Cornell University, 1990
  • BA University of California, Davis, 1982