Kristin Kiesel



Kiesel is a lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (PSOE) in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Kiesel has a passion for education and focuses on food consumption and policy evaluation in her research. She received her Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from UC Berkeley. During a joint postdoctoral appointment with Stanford University and UC Berkeley, she helped develop the SIEPR-GIANNINI Data Center, for which she served as director for several years. Kiesel was a faculty member in economics at Sacramento State before joining UC Davis in 2015.

Research interests:

Economics of food consumption and policy   

Brief overview:

Obesity has become a worldwide health epidemic. My research addresses the health, environmental, and social aspects of our food system with the ultimate goal of supporting a shift toward healthier and more sustainable food choices through policy interventions.

I investigate consumer response to a variety of food-labeling regulations, concentrating on food-demand analysis. I also evaluate school-based interventions and educational programs. By providing access to healthy and sustainable foods and hands-on food education, we can empower children from all backgrounds to actively shape their future and reach their full potential. More than 900 million meals are served annually at California public schools. As the world’s richest food-producing region, California could spearhead efforts to address and shape immediate and long-term demands on food consumption and policy.

Current projects:

  • Taste and food education in Belarusian secondary schools
  • California’s leading role in state-mandated soda bans — adherence at high schools and compensation outside of schools
  • Tracking turnips and other measures of food literacy education: The impact of a school-based intervention on children’s attitudes, knowledge, and food choices
  • Food for thought: The effect of an educational curriculum on student knowledge, attitudes, and behavior
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