Meet the faculty: Aaron Adalja

Aaron Adalja

Assistant professor of food and beverage management at the School of Hotel Administration

Academic focus

Aaron Adalja joins the Hotel School with an academic focus on food and agricultural economics, empirical industrial organization, quality disclosure and labeling, food safety, and local food systems.


Most recently, Adalja was a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland. His academic background includes a PhD in agricultural and resource economics from the University of Maryland, an MS in agricultural and resource economics from the University of Maryland, an AOS in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America, a BA in physics, magna cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University, and a BS in management: finance major, magna cum laude, from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.

On joining the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

“As someone whose research centers on the economics of food, I am excited about the prospect of working with experts across a range of disciplines related to the food industry—from growing to manufacturing to hospitality—as well as engaging with industry professionals and teaching future hospitality industry leaders, all within the SC Johnson College of Business.”

“The strong sense of community and spirit of collaboration that underlies all the innovative teaching and research going on at Cornell resonates with me deeply. There is always an eye towards effecting positive change, and I cannot wait to become a part of this community.”

Fun facts

In his spare time, Adalja enjoys sailing, photography, and cooking.