Photo of Joel CuffeyJoel Cuffey

Assistant Professor

Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology


Ph.D., Applied Economics, University of Minnesota
M.S., Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A., Economics and German, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Auburn University

Honors and Awards

Sam Chung Hsieg and Alice Yen-Hee Hsieh Graduate Fellowship, 2014
Outstanding Master’s Thesis – Honorable Mention, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, 2009
Charles C. Stewart International Young Humanitarian Award, 2009

Professional Affiliations

Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Dr. Cuffey is interested in how consumer decision-making influences health, especially in the context of food markets. Current projects include analyzing how proximity to grocery stores influences store format choice and spending behavior. He is also investigating how participation in U.S. food assistance programs influences behaviors that impact individual health as well as societal well-being. In his research, Dr. Cuffey collaborates with and seeks to inform food assistance administrators, policymakers, community organizations, and stakeholders of the food and agricultural industry.

  • Cuffey, Joel, Timothy K.M. Beatty, and Lisa Harnack. (2016). The potential impact of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) restrictions on expenditures: A systematic review. Public Health Nutrition. 19(17): 3216-3231.
  • Kang, Ezer, Darcie Delzell, Paul E. McNamara, Joel Cuffey, Anil Cherian, and Saira Mathew. (2016). Poverty indicators and mental health functioning among adults living with HIV in Delhi, India. AIDS Care. 28(4): 416-422.