Professor Hertel is Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, where his research focuses on the global impacts of trade, climate and environmental policies. In 2013 he was awarded the inaugural Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award.

Dr. Hertel is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is also Distinguished Fellow, and Past-President, of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). In 1992, Professor Hertel founded the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) which now encompasses more than 18,000 researchers in 175 countries around the world ( This Project maintains a global economic data base and an applied general equilibrium modeling framework which are documented in the book: Global Trade Analysis: Modeling and Applications, edited by Dr. Hertel, and published by Cambridge University Press in 1997. This book was named the 'Publication of Enduring Quality' by the AAEA in 2016. In 2016, Profs. Hertel and Winchester founded the Journal of Global Economic Analysis, dedicated to advancing the science behind applied general equilibrium analysis of global economic issues:

Professor Hertel’s most recent research has focused on food and environmental security and the impacts of climate change and mitigation policies on global sustainability, trade, land use and poverty. In order to further advance this work, he established GLASS: Global to Local Analysis of Systems Sustainability in 2017 This is a University-wide, interdisciplinary project encouraged by his  sabbatical at Stanford University in 2011-12. During this sabbatical he also initated a new course on Global Change and the Challenges of Sustainably Feeding a Growing Planet. Together with Uris Baldos, he has published a textbook with this same name and they have co-taught this course at Purdue since 2013.

Previously, Professor Hertel has conducted research on the impacts of multilateral trade agreements, including the linkages between global trade policies and poverty in developing countries. His book: Poverty and the WTO (co-edited with L. Alan Winters) received the AAEA Quality of Communication award. Other AAEA awards include: Distinguished Policy Contribution, Outstanding Journal Article and Outstanding Graduate Teacher and Mentor.

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