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Media sources on drought

Feb 14, 2014

The following University of the Pacific faculty are available to comment on the potential economic impact of California's drought and provide historical perspective on droughts:

Economic impacts

Jeffery Michael, professor of economics at University of the Pacific and director of the university's Business Forecasting Center, predicts that the drought will not have a significant effect on California's overall economy, but severe local impacts in parts of the Central Valley. He leads a team of economists who continuously study the factors that affect the state's economy and blogs about local, regional and state economic issues. He has commented to state and national press on the state's economy and the viability of such major projects as Gov. Jerry Brown's Delta water tunnel proposal. He conducted detailed studies of the impacts of the 2009 drought, and is able to provide context and perspective on the drought's short- and long-term effects on California's vast and diversified economy. Contact: Keith Michaud, 209.946.3275,

Food history

Ken Albala, professor of history at University of the Pacific, can provide historical perspective on food and food production in drought years. He is the author or editor of 17 books on food, including "Eating Right in the Renaissance," "Food in Early Modern Europe," "Cooking in Europe 1250-1650," and "The Banquet." He is a former editor of the journal "Food, Culture and Society" and is now series editor of "Rowman and Littlefield Studies in Food and Gastronomy," for which he has written "Three World Cuisines." Contact: Ken Albala, 209.946.2922,

About University of the Pacific

Established in 1851 as the first university in California, University of the Pacific prepares students for professional and personal success through rigorous academics, small classes, and a supportive and engaging culture. Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful private university campuses in the West, the Stockton campus offers more than 80 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, music, business, education, engineering and computer science, and pharmacy and health sciences. The university's distinctive Northern California footprint also includes the acclaimed Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco and the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. For more information, visit

Media contact:

Keith Michaud
209.946.3275 (Office)
209.470.3206 (Mobile)

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