Sandy Rikoon is dean of the College of Human Environmental Sciences, Curators Distinguished Professor of Rural Sociology in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, the only university center in the U.S. that integrates education, research, and outreach activities on food security. For ten years (2000-2010), he directed the State of Missouri's Community Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture Program.
Rikoon received his Master of Arts and doctorate degrees from Indiana University. His research focuses on diverse aspects of food and environmental issues and public policy in the U.S. Midwest, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. He has directed numerous survey research and contract projects for state and federal agencies as well as for non-governmental organizations on topics ranging from the status and nutritional needs of food pantry clients to farmer adoption of best management practices for sustainable agriculture. He has worked internationally for nearly 20 years, particularly in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Kazakhstan.
His research has been funded by various sponsors, including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, and National Institutes of Health. Rikoon has published five books and more than 100 articles and produced 39 contract and technical reports.
Ph.D. in Ethnography and American Studies, Indiana University, 1986
M.A. in Ethnography, Indiana University, 1982
B.A. in Psychology, Grinnell College, 1978