Lawrence Busch


Lawrence Busch

  • Title: University Distinguished Professor Emeritus
  • Email:    Phone: 517-355-3396
  • Office: 429A Berkey Hall

Degree: Cornell University, 1974


Lawrence Busch is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Michigan State University. He has been on the faculty at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Lancaster University (UK), and what is now the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement. He is (co)author or (co)editor of 15 books and 150 other publications. He is past president of both the Rural Sociological Society and the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole, an elected member of the Académie d’Agriculture de France and recipient of a doctor honoris causa from the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. Dr. Busch's current interests include the use of standards in public and private policy making, biotechnology and nanotechnology policy, agricultural science and technology policy, higher education in agriculture, and public participation in the policy process and the consequences of neoliberal policies for democratic governance. He is currently working on a book on markets.

Associated Programs: Michigan AgBioResearch, African Studies, Latin American Studies
Research Areas: Environment
Selected Publications:

Busch, L. 2011. Standards: Recipes for Reality. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Bonanno, A., and L. Busch, eds. 2015. Handbook of the International Political Economy of Agriculture and Food. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Busch, L. 2016. Real Myths = False Truths: Securing America’s Future.Available free online at

Busch, L. 2017. Knowledge for Sale: The Neoliberal Takeover of Higher Education. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

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