Andrew J. Van Leuven, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Agricultural and Applied Economics

Contact Information

Phone 573-882-0392
Address 226A Mumford Hall
Websites Personal Site
Google Scholar


PhD, Public Policy and Management, Ohio State University, 2021

MA, Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University, 2016

BS, Geography and Regional Planning, Brigham Young University, 2014


Community economic development

Regional science

Local government and planning

Data science and visualization


My research emphasizes local governments and their approach toward community economic development, often focusing on non-metropolitan contexts. I specifically focus on the phenomenon of local economic revitalization: evaluating prevalent programs and policies (such as the Main Street Program) and observing the collaboration between public- and private-sector actors (especially small-business owners) in their efforts to preserve, restore and fully utilize their downtown business districts.


I work with MU Extension’s Regional Economic & Entrepreneurial Development program (Exceed).