Chinonso Etumnu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Agribusiness Marketing
Academic Affairs
School of Agriculture, Communities and the Environment

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400 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40601



Etumnu Chinonso


Chinonso Etumnu is an Assistant Professor of Agribusiness Marketing in the School of Agriculture, Communities, and the Environment at KSU. His research specializations include e-commerce, entrepreneurialism, and agricultural adaptations to extreme weather and climate change. He is currently the project director for a VentureWell grant that will be used to revitalize a core course for first-year students at KSU, with a focus on science, technology, and entrepreneurialism. He also recently collaborated with nine university partners on a grant application to establish the Central Appalachian Farm and Food Business Development Center. Dr. Etumnu completed master’s degrees in International and Development Economics at the University of San Francisco and Agricultural Development Economics at the University of Reading, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Before joining the faculty at KSU in 2022, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at South Dakota State University. 

Sample Publications:

Etumnu, C. E. (2022). A competitive marketplace or an unfair competitor? An analysis of Amazon and its best sellers ranks. Journal of Agricultural Economics73(3), 924-937.

Etumnu, C. E. (2022). Free shipping. Applied Economics Letters, 1-4.

Etumnu, C. E., Foster, K., Widmar, N. O., Lusk, J. L., & Ortega, D. L. (2020). Does the distribution of ratings affect online grocery sales? Evidence from Amazon. Agribusiness36(4), 501-521.

Etumnu, C. E., & Widmar, N. O. (2020). Grocery shopping in the digital era. Choices35(2), 1-8.

Etumnu, C., & Gray, A. W. (2020). A Clustering Approach to Understanding Farmers’ Success Strategies. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics52(3), 335-351.