Dr. Neal Hooker is Professor of Food Policy in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. His research explores public policy, marketing and management issues within global food supply chains. He is particularly interested in how safety, nutrition and sustainability attributes are communicated, controlled, and (where appropriate) certified. These issues require special attention when considering the policy and international trade impact on different types and sizes of firms and farms and the responses of customers, consumers and stakeholders.


He received a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, a MA from the University of British Columbia (Canada) and a BA (Hons.) from Essex University (UK).


Dr. Hooker has worked at Saint Joseph’s University as the CJ McNutt Professor of Food Marketing, as a visiting professor at the Food Policy Institute, Rutgers University, Colorado State University, and Texas A&M University. He has published more than 60 journal articles and book chapters on the economics and marketing of food quality, product recalls, international food trade, the demand for organic and functional food, and E-Business strategies.


Dr. Hooker co-edited a book Interdisciplinary Food Safety Research and special issues of journals on Private Sector Management of Food Safety and Emerging Issues in Food Safety. He served on a National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine committee which prepared a report Scientific Criteria to Ensure Safe Food. He was part of two USDA grant review panels on Human Nutrition and Obesity and has reviewed for many other government agencies, grant programs and academic journals. He is an active member of several organizations including the European Association of Agricultural Economists and the American Collegiate Retail Association. He serves on the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics Blue Ribbon Panel on Consumer Concerns about Food, Health and Safety. He has been an investigator on grants and contracts totaling more than $4 million.


Current research projects are exploring: the effectiveness of food safety and nutrition policies in the USA, Canada and the EU; food innovation strategies; corporate social responsibility in food supply chains; adoption of quality management, third party audit and certification systems such as GAPs and Kosher; the E-Business practices of food retailers; effective marketing strategies for functional, organic, natural and fair trade foods; and the business implications of food recalls. A native of England, Dr. Hooker has performed research, consulting and industry training in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Israel, Thailand, and Mexico. He has traveled extensively throughout the world, enjoying food as he goes.


Areas of research

  • Food Policy and Marketing
  • Food Safety and Nutrition Economics
  • Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
Hooker, Neal H. and Shauna M. Downs. 2013. Trans-Border Reformulation: US and Canadian Experiences with trans Fat. Forthcoming International Food and Agribusiness Management Review. 17 pp

Lang, Mark and Neal H. Hooker. An Empirical Test of Shopping Experience in Food Retailing. Forthcoming in British Food Journal. 24 pp

Van Camp, Debra, Neal H. Hooker and Chung-Tung (Jordan) Lin. Impact of Mandatory Trans Fat Labeling on the Fat Content and Composition of New Chip and Cookie Products in the United States. Forthcoming in Public Health Nutrition. 19pp

Van Camp, Debra, Diogo M. Souza Monteiro and Neal H. Hooker. Stop or Go? How is the UK Food Industry Responding to Front of Pack Nutrition Labeling? Forthcoming in European Review of Agricultural Economics. 25 pp

Shanahan, Christopher J. and Neal H. Hooker. A Balancing Act: Disproportionate Sampling of New Organic Processed Foods. Forthcoming in Journal of Food Products Marketing. 19 pp

Shanahan, Christopher J. and Neal H. Hooker. 2012. Emerging Spatial Dependencies within US Organic Supply Chains. Forthcoming in Journal of Food Products Marketing. 18(3): 36 pp

Onyango, Benjamin, Neal H. Hooker, William Hallman, and Ibrahim Mohammed. 2011. Americans’ Potential Responses to Deliberate Food Contamination: A Risk Perception and Communication Study. Forthcoming in Journal of Bioterrorism and Biodefense. 20 pp

Stanton, John L., Neal H. Hooker and Salnikova Ekaterina. 2011. A Comparison of Process and Ingredient Claims on US and EU Food. Romanian Distribution Committee Magazine. 3(3): pp 8-11

Chang, Ching-Hsing, Neal H. Hooker, Eugene Jones and Abdoul Sam. 2011. Organic and Conventional Milk Purchase Behaviors in Central Ohio. Agribusiness: An International Journal. 27(3): pp 311-326

Onyango, Benjamin; Neal H. Hooker, William Hallman and Cara Cuite. 2010. Americans Perceptions of Food Safety: A Comparative Study of Fresh Produce, Beef and Poultry Products. Journal of Food Distribution Research. 41(3): pp 1-13

Van Camp, Debra, Pauline Ie, Noah Muwanika, Neal H. Hooker and Yael Vodovotz. 2010 The Paradox of Organic Ingredients. Food Technology. November: pp. 20-29

Van Camp, Debra, Neal H. Hooker and Diogo M. Souza-Monteiro. 2010. Adoption of Voluntary Front of Package Nutrition Schemes in UK Food Innovations. British Food Journal. 112(6): pp. 580-591

Kamotani, Setsuko, Neal H. Hooker, Stephanie Smith, and Ken Lee. 2010. Consumer Acceptance of Ozone Processed Whole Shell Eggs. Journal of Food Science. 75(2): pp. 103-107

Li, Ji and Neal H. Hooker. 2010. Childhood Obesity and Schools: Evidence from the National Survey of Children’s Health. Journal of School Health. 80(2): pp. 96-103V

Li, Ji and Neal H. Hooker. 2009b. Documenting Food Safety Claims and their Influence on Product Prices. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. 38(3): pp. 311-323

Hooker, Neal H., Christopher J. Shanahan, Valerie Rake, Eboni Francis, Charles Popovich and Joanne Dehoney. 2009. A Technology Enhanced Teaching Tool: Tracking Student Adoption and Performance. Review of Agricultural Economics. 31(4): pp. 963-983

Lim, Heejin, Richard Widdows and Neal H. Hooker. 2009. Web Content Analysis of E-Grocery Retailers: A Longitudinal Study. International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management. 37(10): pp. 839-851

Wilson, Robyn, Neal H. Hooker, Mark Tucker, Jeff LeJeune and Douglas Doohan. 2009. Targeting the Farmer Decision Making Process: A Pathway to Increased Adoption of Integrated Weed Management and Agroecosystem Sustainability. Crop Protection. 28(9): pp. 756-764

Hoffmann, Sandra and Neal H. Hooker. 2009. Emerging Issues in Food Safety. Choices. 24(2): pp. 4-5

Cho, Bo-Hyun and Neal H. Hooker. 2009. Comparing Food Safety Standards. Food Control. 20(1): pp. 40-47
Professor Neal Hooker has new research — “Comparing the United States and Canadian Fair Trade Markets to the Rest of the World” — published in Choices, a magazine about food, farm and resource issues. » Click here to read the article.

Professor Neal Hooker has new research published in the journal Food Policy. Written with his colleagues Amanda Berhaupt-Glickstein (Rutgers University), Mary L. Nucci (Rutgers University) and William K. Hallman (Rutgers University), “The evolution of language complexity in qualified health claims” looks at the progression of court rulings surrounding health claims by food products and the subsequent regulations by the FDA. » Click here to read the study.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded Professor Neal Hooker a $23,000, two-year award to study bread products, breakfast cereal and yogurt sales data to see how eating habits have changes and their effect on the U.S. food supply. Hooker will act as the principal investigator in collaboration with Steve Martinez of the USDA.

Professor Neal Hooker helped CBS News’ Moneywatch understand the significance of Walmart's, the country's largest grocer, decision to sell organic foods. Does Walmart's announcement mean organic foods have finally become mainstream? Not necessarily, says Hooker. » Click here to read, “Does Walmart's move mean organics are mainstream?”

Professor Neal Hooker was a guest on WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher discussing the nutrition labels proposed by the Federal Food and Drug Administration. » Click here to listen to the program

In a blog posting for Ohio State’s Food Innovation Center, Professors Jill Clark and Neal Hooker look at the Food and Drug Administration’s major food policy proposals to amend serving sizes and update the Nutrition Facts panel found on packaged foods. » Click here to read the post

Professor Neal Hooker will have new research published in a forthcoming edition of International Food and Agribusiness Management Review. In “Trans-Border Reformulation: US and Canadian Experiences with trans Fat” Hooker and his colleague Shauna Downs, University of Sydney, examined more than 2,000 new cookie products from 2006 through 2012 to see how the industry adapted to new policies governing the use of trans fat. » Click here to learn more and to watch a video about the research

Do you think when you buy something organic it’s also local? Most likely it’s not. New research by Dr. Neal Hooker has just been published in the Journal of Food Products Marketing. “Emerging Spatial Dependencies within U.S. Organic Supply Chains” looks at where our organic food comes from and is it local.» Click here to learn more.

Professor Neal Hooker is quoted in a MSN Now story on food inspectors and the government shutdown. » Click here to read, “FDA inspections aren't happening, thanks to the government shutdown”



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