Christopher Pudenz is a Ph.D. student in Economics at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, USA. In 2017, he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Hillsdale College. His family has owned and operated a beef cattle feedlot and crop farm in western Iowa for three generations, and this first-hand experience with agriculture inspired him to pursue higher education in Agricultural Economics. He enrolled in the Economics Department at Iowa State in August 2017, where he has since worked as a research assistant for Dr. Lee Schulz. In December 2019, he received the Tim Galm Graduate Scholarship, an award given to promising Iowa State Department of Economics graduate students who are focusing on Agricultural Economics.
Christopher will spend the rest of his time at Iowa State teaching and conducting Agricultural Economics research. He is currently teaching Economics 235: Introduction to Agricultural Markets. His research portfolio focuses on economic questions important to the livestock and meat industries. He is interested in identifying and understanding mechanisms that translate market shocks into revenue impacts for livestock producers, and in particular, how producers can mitigate risks related to such shocks.
In his spare time, he loves spending time with family and friends. He is an active participant in his local church, where he volunteers frequently. He enjoys traveling, especially to the mountains. He hikes in the Rockies as often as he can, and he is working on becoming an intermediate skier.