April Athnos

Assistant Professor of Practice

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Dr. Athnos’ research examines how environmental policies affect markets, consumer preferences for environmental goods, and economics pedagogy. She enjoys working on interdisciplinary teams and collaborating with other instructors to build inclusive, impactful courses.  

Dr. Athnos grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, surrounded by abundant water resources. Later, her doctoral work studied water quality concerns in the Great Lakes Region. Now Dr. Athnos looks forward to learning more about water property rights and management in the American Southwest to address the challenges of Arizona’s regional water quantity and quality concerns.

For more visit: https://sites.google.com/arizona.edu/aprilathnos


  • Ph.D., Economics and Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University, 2022
  • M.A., Economics, University of Colorado - Boulder, 2015
  • B.S., Economics, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, 2012

Awards & Honors

  • 2021 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Teaching, Learning, and Communications Section Graduate Student Teaching Award
  • 2021 Michigan State University #iteachMSU Educator Award
  • 2021 Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (AFRE) Department Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2021 Universities Council on Water Resources/National Institutes for Water Resources Conference First Place Graduate Oral Presentation

Classes Taught

  • AREC 150C3: Sustain Life: The Global Economy of Food (Fall 2022, 2023)
  • AREC 313: The Economics of Futures Markets (Fall 2022, Fall/Summer 2023)
  • AREC 217: Food, Resource, and Environmental Economics (Fall/Spring 2023, Spring 2024)
  • AREC 479/579: Economic Analysis of Water, Food, and Environmental Policies (Spring 2023, Spring 2024)

Recent Publications

Athnos, A., S. Valle de Souza, C.E. Etumnu, K.K. Quagrainie, W. Knudson, R. Kinnunen and P. Hitchens. Are U.S. Consumers Willing to Pay More by the Lake? An Analysis of Preferences for Great Lakes Region Fish. Forthcoming at Agricultural and Resource Economics Review.

Athnos, A., Hunt, S., Kou-Herrema, T., Langley, M., Lee, A., Oshima, E., Parker, H., Rawal, H., Searle, E. The Graduate Teaching Assistant Teaching Learning Community: Fostering a Sense of Belonging and Co-constructing Best Instructional Practices. In Exploring How We Teach: Lived Experiences, Lessons, and Research about Graduate Instructors by Graduate Instructors. Ed. Samantha Clem.

Valle de Souza, S., Quagrainie, K. K., Knudson, W., Athnos, A. 2021. Go FISH: U.S. Seafood Consumers Seek Freshness, Information, Safety, and Health Benefits. Choices. Quarter 4.