David O Hansen, Ph.D.

David O Hansen, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Degree Information: 
Ph.D. – Sociology of Development, University of Wisconsin, 1971
M.S. – Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin, 1968
B.S. – Sociology, University of Notre Dame, 1964

David Hansen was last employed by The Ohio State University to oversee the International Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI) a major USAID-funded higher education partnership project in Tanzania. Prior to assuming these important responsibilities, he was a Senior Fellow with the Association for Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Washington, D.C. His responsibilities there included the Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative which promoted partnerships among U.S. and African Higher Education Institutions to build capacity in Africa. Many of them focused on agriculture, climate change and related areas, such as water, range management and ecosystems services. He has collaborated with USAID, World Bank, USDA, land-grant universities and NGO's to help define the parameters of higher education capacity building within the context of the U.S. Government Feed the Future Initiative. He has dedicated his career to international development while at the Ohio State University, having previously served as Associate Dean & Director of International Programs in Agriculture for over two decades. In this capacity he helped design and manage major institution building projects in Uganda, India, Swaziland, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Early in his career he worked on long-term overseas assignments in Brazil where he served as Deputy Chief-of-Party and Chief-of-Party for institution building projects.


Dr. Hansen's current C.V. (April 2021) can be found here.