Dr. Fulton is Professor and Associate Department Head in
Agricultural Economics at Purdue. She has a three-way appointment with
responsibilities in teaching, research and Extension. Fulton is active in the
broader Purdue community. She was Chair of the University Senate during the
2010-2011 academic year. She has been one of the senior faculty resources for
Purdue’s FAST mentoring program since its inception and is a regular table
facilitator for the ADVANCE hiring workshops. Fulton was selected by the Provost’s
office as one of five faculty to be a Fellow in the 2015-2016 CIC Academic
Dr. Fulton’s research and Extension program focuses on
problems related to marketing and business structure both in the United States
and internationally. She has examined the soybean value chain with specific
emphasis on the cost of identity preservation of specialty soybeans. She
develops and delivers programming for small businesses in Indiana and beyond.
In West Africa she has explored the importance of alternative extension
programming for technology transfer and adoption of improved technologies. She is
currently examining the factors that contribute to successful entrepreneurship
for women selling street food in West Africa and other developing countries.
She teaches a senior level undergraduate price analysis course as well as the
advanced quantitative methods course in the MS/MBA program.
Dr. Joan Fulton joined the Purdue Agricultural Economics
faculty in July 1997. She completed her Ph.D. work at the University of
Minnesota where she explored the impact of centralized versus decentralized
decision-making authority in grain marketing cooperatives. She previously held
assistant professor positions at the University of Alberta and Colorado State