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Dr. Ted Alter


Ted, Professor of Agricultural, Environmental, and Regional Economics in the Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education Department serves as Scholar in Residence at the Sustainability Institute and as program head for Penn State’s Intercollege Civic and Community Engagement minor, and he consults on matters that pertain to the Intercollege Sustainability Leadership minor. He provides leadership in re-organizing the minors, strengthening their administration across the University, and elevating their academic and scholarly presence and stature. He partners with faculty and staff to lead the minors and contributes intellectual, educational, administrative and experimental perspectives, suggestions, and support. 

Ted is Co-Director of the Center for Economic Community Development (CECD) as well as an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Australian Center for Agriculture and Law in the School of Law at The University of New England. Additionally, Ted co-leads the community-led action initiative for a Commonwealth of Australia invasive animal management and control research program. He works closely with the Kettering Foundation conducting research on issues of democracy emphasizing the political economy of democracy including how democracy works or does not work and for whom. A particular focus of this research has been on the role of higher education in fostering democratic values and principles. Ted is also an avid fly fisher and rugby fan.