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Newton Morara Nyairo

Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication 

  • Graduate Research Assistant
765.496.1152
Lilly Room 4-401
915 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054

Graduate Student Profile
Newton Nyairo joined Purdue University Fall 2017 as a doctoral student in the College of Agriculture. Prior to joining ASEC, he served for six years as a university lecturer teaching agricultural economics in Kenya. He holds a PhD (agricultural economics) from University of Helsinki, an MA degree from George Mason University and a BA from University of the District of Columbia. Newton’s desire to relaunch his career and to become a stronger researcher provided the impetus to return to school for a second doctoral degree. The unique research opportunities at ASEC and the international reputation of Purdue University guided his decision to come to West Lafayette. He looks forward to combining his research and teaching experience in becoming a productive student at ASEC. In addition, he brings to ASEC his international experience and perspectives. Newton works under the supervision of Dr. Linda J. Pfeiffer. His current research assistantship is framing and message variables that influence information processing. His doctoral research focuses on agricultural technology adoption among smallholder farmers in western Kenya.  Newton’s goal during his doctoral studies at Purdue is to strengthen his research skills and to enhance his publication profile. In doing that, he will contribute to existing scholarship at ASEC. Besides contributing to the general field of agricultural communication, Newton is interested in taking his agricultural development expertise to the NGO world upon graduation. His general research interests are innovation, food security and poverty reduction in developing countries. 

Education Degrees
BA Economics University of the District of Columbia
MA International Commerce & Policy George Mason University
PhD Agricultural Economics University of Helsinki

Research Interest
Technical efficiency, Agricultural technology adoption and farming systems, and Agricultural Communication

Funding Sources
Graduate Research Assistantship

Advisors
Dr. Linda J. Pfeiffer (Chair) 
Dr. Mark Russell
Dr. Andrew Flachs
Dr. Aslihan Spaulding

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