Wendong Zhang

Wendong Zhang

  • Assistant Professor

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Faculty Expertise

  • Applied Economics
  • Food and Agricultural Economics
  • Environmental, Energy and Resource Economics and Policy
  • Emerging Markets


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management


Cornell Directory Entry


Wendong Zhang is an assistant professor and extension economist in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. His research seeks to better understand the interplay between agriculture and the environment, farmland market, and Chinese agriculture.

Zhang is currently faculty affiliate at Cornell Center for China Economic Research (CICER), faculty fellow at Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, and was selected as 2022-2023 Global Public Voices Fellow at Cornell Einaudi Center for International Studies.

Zhang is an associate editor of American Journal of Agricultural Economics as well as the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. His research and extension program has also won awards such as the AAEA Bruce Garner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis Award and the AAEA 2021 Winner of the Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Award for Individuals with Less than Ten Years' Experience.

Zhang received his PhD in agricultural, environmental and development economics from the Ohio State University in July 2015, and he also holds a BSc in environmental science from Fudan University in China. Prior to Cornell, he was an associate professor in the department of economics at Iowa State University, where he is a faculty collaborator at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development.

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • Young Professional Achievement Award (2022) College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society, the Ohio State University
  • Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Award, Individual: Less than Ten Years' Experience (2021) Agricultural & Applied Economics Association
  • Advisor of Winner of the AAEA Best Undergraduate Student Paper Competition (2021) Agricultural & Applied Economics Association
  • Early Achievement Award in Extension and Outreach (2021) Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Bruce Garner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis Award (2019) Agricultural & Applied Economics Association

Recent Courses

  • AEM 2500 - Environmental and Resource Economics

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Ohio State University, 2015
  • MA Economics, Ohio State University, 2012
  • BS Environmental Science, Fudan University, 2009