Ryan Blake Williams, Ph.D.

Dr. Ryan Blake Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Texas Tech University and Assistant Professor with Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Lubbock. Originally from Eureka, CA, he earned his B.A. in Economics from Emory University (1999), M.E. from North Carolina State University (2005), and Ph.D. in Economics from Texas Tech University (2009). His primary area of research is in the field of environmental and resource economics with an emphasis on the energy-water nexus and valuing environmental attributes. Dr. Williams also has research interests in production economics, labor markets, and behavioral economics, and is director of the Texas Tech University Laboratory for Experimental Economics in Agricultural and Resource Sciences. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA Ogallala Aquifer Program, and the High Plains Water District. Dr. Williams takes great pride in his teaching of economics and works to make the field attractive to majors and non-majors alike. He has received awards for his teaching from the university as a graduate student and from his department and college as a faculty member.