Julian M. Alston is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics of the University of California, Davis, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in microeconomic theory and the analysis of agricultural markets and policies. Julian also serves as a member of the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics, director of the Robert Mondavi Institute Center for Wine Economics, and associate director for science and technology policy at the University of California Agricultural Issues Center. At UC Davis, Julian leads a wide-ranging research program on the economics of public policies related to food and agriculture and related issues. He has published many journal articles and books related to these subjects, including Persistence Pays: U.S. Agricultural Productivity Growth and the Benefits from Public R&D Spending (Springer 2010), and Demand for Food in the United States: A Review of Literature, Evaluation of Previous Estimates and Presentation of New Estimates of Demand (Giannini Foundation 2011). He is a fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association, a distinguished fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, a distinguished scholar of the Western Agricultural Economics Association, and a fellow of the American Association of Wine Economists.