Dr. Christiane Schroeter, Ph.D.

Dr. Lindsey M. Higgins, Ph.D.Dr. Christiane Schroeter works as a Professor in the Agribusiness Department, where she teaches Food Marketing, Global Agricultural Marketing, and Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Agriculture. As the first Faculty Fellow for Cal Poly’s Center of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) from Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES), she has inspired several students to pursue entrepreneurial pathways. In recognition for her teaching excellence, Dr. Schroeter has been bestowed awards by CAFES, the Western Agricultural Economics Association (WAEA), and the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA). In 2019, her colleagues selected her for the Agribusiness Faculty Award for Service Excellence.   


Dr. Schroeter graduated with her Ph.D. from Purdue University in Agricultural Economics. Her dissertation, which was the recipient of the Outrstanding Dissertation Award, employed a microeconomic framework to determine the impact of food price and policy changes on obesity. She has previously served as the elected chair of the Food Safety & Nutrition and the Food & Agricultural Marketing Policy Sections of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA). Dr. Schroeter has published peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the Journal of Health Economics (2009 Best Economics Paper Award in Food Safety and Nutrition by the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association), the International Journal of Consumer Studies, and the Journal for Advancement of Marketing Education. Her 2008 publication in the Journal of Health Economics was selected as the Best Economics Paper in Food Safety and Nutrition.


Dr. Schroeter loves to spend her free time with her family at the beautiful Central Coast and traveling. She enjoys teaching fitness classes at the Cal Poly Rec Center and she is passionate about helping others live a healthy lifestyle.



  • Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, 2005
  • M.S. in Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, 2000
  • M.S. in Food Economics, University of Giessen, Germany, 2001
  • B.S. in Food & Nutrition, University of Giessen, Germany, 1997

Areas of Specialization

  • Economics of obesity
  • Nutrition labeling
  • Consumer demand analysis

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