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Thompson visiting scholar at John Hopkins SAIS

Robert Thompson, a former World Bank and Agriculture Department official, has joined the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) as a visiting scholar.

Thompson most recently was the Gardner Endowed Chair in Agricultural Policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also serves a senior fellow of global agricultural development and food security at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

As a visiting scholar, Thompson will help SAIS develop an agriculture-focused curriculum to complement the school’s existing programs, help identify new adjunct faculty and play a leading role in coordinating external events during the “Year of Agriculture,” SAIS’s substantive theme for 2011-12, the school said in a news release.

Thompson has served as director of rural development at the World Bank, president and CEO of the Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development, dean of agriculture and professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University, assistant secretary for economics at USDA and senior staff economist for food and agriculture at the Council of Economic Advisers.