Keith Harris earned a Ph.D. in economic sociology from University of Missouri-Columbia, a Master of Agribusiness degree from Kansas State University, and a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from Lincoln University. His research interests include economics and agribusiness firms, biotechnology clusters, and the sociology of food and agriculture. His current research and teaching focuses on supply chain management, managerial economics and strategy that emphasizes the optimization of linkages between the firm and its surrounding business environment.
Harris’ academic and industry careers have been dedicated to food and agriculture. He is a food supply chain professional with 20 years of success in global purchasing, combinatorial auctions and risk management strategies including hedging for agricultural commodities. He is skilled in cost management, financial analysis and supply chain performance standards.
As a practitioner, Harris’ experience includes managing and leading the efforts in agricultural commodity trading, supply chain strategy and global purchasing with General Mills Inc., Sara Lee Foods Inc., and Farmland Foods Inc. His experience also includes serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, where he advised the Ministry of Natural Resources in the development of small-scale agribusinesses from tropical agriculture.