Norbert L. W. Wilson

Professor of Food, Economics, and Community


Gray 304


B.S.A. in Agricultural Economics (University of Georgia)
M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics (University of London, Wye College)
Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics (University of California, Davis)

Professor Wilson’s research touches on several food issues, such as access, choice, and food waste. He continues to work on food safety and quality issues in international trade and domestic food systems. Wilson is an ordained vocational deacon in the Episcopal Church USA. Additionally, his work is moving to explore equity in food access. He has published in AEA Papers and Proceedings, World Development, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Public Health, Food Policy, Agricultural Economics, and other publications. Before joining Duke Divinity School, Wilson was a professor of food policy at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (2017-2020). He was also a professor of agricultural economics at Auburn University (1999-2016). While at Auburn, Wilson served as a deacon at St. Dunstan’s, the Episcopal Student Center of Auburn University (2011-2016). He was an economist/policy analyst in the Trade Directorate (2004-2006) and the Agriculture Directorate (2001-2002) of the Organization of Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) in Paris, France. In 2014-2015, Wilson was on sabbatical leave at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University.

News and Stories

Norbert Wilson Named ACC Academic Leadership Network Fellow

Dr. Norbert Wilson has been named a fellow in the 2024 Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Leaders Network. Learn more about the fellows in an article in Duke Today.

A Hunger for Justice: Food Insecurity and God’s Abundance

Professor Norbert Wilson writes, "Reducing the solution of food insecurity to financial or charitable transactions fails to acknowledge the complexity of the food system."

Going Beyond the Food Pantry

The Certificate in Food, Faith, and Environmental Justice prepares Divinity students to help churches address crises of food access and inequality.