Mary Bohman

Mary Bohman

Former Administrator


Mary Bohman served as Administrator of the Economic Research Service between 2011 and 2018. Mary joined ERS in 1997 and served as Director of the Agency's Resource and Rural Economics Division, Deputy Director for Research in the Market and Trade Economics Division (MTED), and Chief of MTED's Europe, Africa, and Middle East Branch. Other public-sector positions held include details to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and to USDA's Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. From 1990 to 1997 she was on the Agricultural Sciences faculty at the University of British Columbia. Mary first worked in agriculture and rural development as a Peace Corps Volunteer for cooperative development in Togo, West Africa in the early 1980s.


Mary received her Ph.D. from the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of California, Davis and her B.S. from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Professional Affiliations

Mary is a member of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and the International Association of Agricultural Economists. She serves as Co-Chair of the Global Steering Committee for the Global Strategy for Agricultural and Rural Statistics under the United Nations Statistical Commission.

Selected Publications

Cooper, J., E. Dohlman, A. Goss, et al. 2008. "Increasing Feedstock Production for Biofuels: Economic Drivers, Environmental Implications, and the Role of Research," Biomass Research and Development Board, Washington, DC.

Bohman, and A. Carlson (coordinators). 2004. Science for the 21st Century, National Science and Technology Council, Washington, DC.

Bohman, M.E. 2007. "Household Statistics to Support Policy Analysis," in ISI 2007 Book of Abstracts, M.I. Gomes, D. Pestana, and P. Silva, eds., pp. 172. International Statistical Institute, The Hague-Leidschenveen, The Netherlands.

Anania, M.E. Bohman, C.A. Carter, A.F. McCalla, eds. 2004. Agricultural Policy Reform and the WTO: Where are We Heading? Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd.

Offutt, S., A. Somwaru, and M.E. Bohman. 2002. "What's at Stake in the Next Trade Round," Agricultural Outlook, AO-297, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, December.

Savard, M., and M.E. Bohman. 2003. “Impacts of trade, environmental and agricultural policies in the North American hog/pork industry on water quality,” Journal of Policy Modeling 25(1):77-84.

Normile, M.A., and M.E. Bohman. 2002. "Non-trade Concerns: International Debate and U.S. Policy," Agricultural Outlook, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, June-July.

Krissoff, M.E. Bohman, and J.A. Caswell, eds.2002. Global Food Trade and Consumer Demand for Quality. New York, NY: Kluwer Academic.

Ballenger, N., and M.E. Bohman. 2001. “Toward Common Ground: Roles of Markets and Policy,” in Genetically Modified Organisms in Agriculture: Economics and Politics, G.C. Nelson, ed., pp. 163-170. New York, NY: Academic Press.

Gibson, P., J. Wainio, D. Whitley, and M.E. Bohman. 2001. Profiles of Tariffs in Global Agricultural Markets, AER-796, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Bohman, M.E., J. Cooper, D. Mullarkey, M.A. Normile, D. Skully, S. Vogel, and C.E. Young. 1999. The Use and Abuse of Multifunctionality, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, November.

Bohman, M.E., and P.J. Lindsey. 1997. “Divergent Environmental Regulations and Trade Liberalization,” Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics 45(1):17-38.

Bohman, M.E., and P.J. Lindsey. 1997. “Harmonization of Environmental Policies in Agriculture Under NAFTA,” Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics 45(1):383-391.

Bohman, M.E., L.S. Jarvis, and R.R. Barichello. 1996. “Rent Seeking and International Commodity Agreements: The Case of Coffee,” Economic Development and Cultural Change 44(2):379-404.

Anania, G., M.E. Bohman, and C. Carter. 1992. “U.S. Export Subsidies in Wheat: Strategic Trade Policy or an Expensive Beggar-My-Neighbor Tactic?” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 74(3):534-545.

Bohman, M.E., C. Carter, and J.H. Dorfman. 1991. “Targeted Export Subsidies and Their Welfare Impacts,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 73(3):693-701.

Bohman, M.E., and L. Jarvis. 1990. “The International Coffee Agreement: Economics of the Nonmember Market,” European Review of Agricultural Economics 17(1):99-118.