Dr. Rebekka Dudensing is a Professor and Extension Economist – Community Economic Development in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University. Rebekka works with communities to evaluate opportunities for local and regional economic development. She also provides economic and fiscal impacts analysis for industries, tourism events, and natural disasters and specializes in adapting impact models to unique circumstances. She is particularly interested in the sustainability of agriculture- and natural resource-dependent rural communities. Much of her research considers the quality-conscious and cost-effective provision of services, including education, healthcare, and transportation, in rural areas
Rebekka has a B.S. in Agriculture from Kansas State University and an M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Texas Tech. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Economics at Clemson University where her fields were regional and development economics and public policy. Her awards include a Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, an Outstanding Extension Program team award from the Southern Agricultural Economics Association, and program recognitions from the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals. She is on the board of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
Special focus: Community economic development, rural development, socioeconomic and fiscal impact evaluation, strategic and business planning