Cross continent 'leap' leads Bampasidou to LSU
Maria Bampasidou never really dreamed of living and working in the United States.
Bampasidou, a native of Greece, is an assistant professor in the LSU College of Agriculture’s
Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.
She ended up here after professors at the National and Kapodistrian University of
Athens, where she received her undergraduate degree in mathematics and at the Athens
University of Economics and Business where she earned a graduate degree in economics,
encouraged her to apply to Ph.D. programs in the U.S.
“I saw moving as a way to test myself and my skills, and how I cope in another place,”
Bampasidou said. “I saw it as an adventure.”
Bampasidou received the highest scholarship from the Department of Food and Resource
Economics at the University of Florida and decided to take a leap.
“It was eye-opening to come here,” she said. “But I really appreciate the diversity,
not just of people, but of ideas.”
After receiving her Ph.D., Bampasidou taught at the University of Florida for two
years. She came to LSU in July of 2015.
Here she teaches a graduate level course on agriculture production and labor supply
and an undergraduate level class on agricultural price analysis. Her students affectionately
refer to her as Dr. Maria.
Bampasidou serves as the faculty adviser for the LSU Agribusiness Club and is the
professional service adviser for the student section of the professional the Agricultural
and Applied Economics Association, as well as, the Southern Agricultural Economics
Association. She said these roles help her understand the vibe of the students.
“We are small department, so I can help with recruiting, mentoring, internships and
scholarships,” she said.
Bampasidou is also interested in helping students find research opportunities within
Her research focuses on labor supply and agriculture production, labor economics,
agriculture finances, and risk and uncertainty.
She said her move to the U.S. and the start of her career has taught her that, “you
can have opportunities if you have perseverance.”
She said she sees a lot of potential for growth and opportunities in her position,
and she is enjoying life on LSU’s campus.
“I really like the atmosphere of campus. The architecture and landscaping is very
beautiful,” she said.