Charles Francis is a professor with the Department of Agronomy & Horticulture, University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He has conducted research on maize, beans, and farming systems in Nebraska, Maryland, New York, Philippines, Colombia, and Norway. His teaching has included courses in plant breeding, agronomy, agroecology, land use, local food systems, and international land grabs. Francis has been recognized with honorary doctoral degrees from University of Helsinki and Swedish Agricultural University. His travel, teaching and consulting has included work in more than 50 countries, and he continues to teach and conduct research with transdisciplinary teams in Nebraska, the U.S. Midwest, and the Nordic Region.