Jason Scott Entsminger, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Research Professor
  • Associate Director, Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development
207C Armsby Building
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Management
  • Economic Cooperation and Collectives of Firms
  • Organizational Identification and Commitment
  • Community Economic Development


  • Doctor of Philosophy | Agricultural and Applied Economics | University of Missouri | 2020
  • International Master of Science in Rural Development | L’Università degli studi di Pisa (Italy); École Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Rennes- Agrocampus Ouest (France); Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany) | 2013
  • Master of Science in Food and Resource Economics | University of Florida | 2012
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural & Applied Economics, minor in Applied Statistics | University of Nevada, Reno | 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs - Law, Diplomacy and Comparative Political Organization | University of Nevada, Reno | 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature, minor in Italian Studies | University of Nevada, Reno | 2010

Jason Scott Entsminger is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education at Penn State University. He serves as the Associate Director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD), one of four such Centers in the U.S. established by the Rural Development Act of 1972. In his role at NERCRD, Dr. Entsminger helps lead programming that serves regional priorities in research and Extension activities related to community and economic development through collaborative partnerships and capacity building efforts. His primary field of specialization is organizational economics, where he investigates topics that help understand entrepreneurial cooperation and the use of collective economic strategies. In addition, he conducts applied research that addresses topics of regional and national importance to the prosperity and well-being of rural communities. Dr. Entsminger had more than 15 years of experience across research, teaching, and Extension related to agricultural and food systems, economic development, and entrepreneurship.


Research report
Journal of Food Distribution Research, Entsminger, Jason Scott, 2020

Classifying primary agricultural producers in local foods marketing channels
Journal of Food Distribution Research, Entsminger, Jason Scott, 2020

Factors affecting farmers' adaptation strategies to environmental degradation and climate change effects
Climate, Uddin, Mohammed Nasir, Bokelmann, Wolfgang, Entsminger, Jason Scott, 2014