Shamar Stewart, assistant professor of agricultural and applied economics, is one of a number of new faculty members recently hired in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences this academic year. New positions were identified to bring talent to the college's focus areas, including food, health, the environment, and the economy. The new faculty members are distributed across teaching, research, and Extension.

Stewart uses statistical and econometric methods to study issues relating to the macroeconomy and their implications for trade and borrowing patterns between countries. His research has examined exchange rate volatility and the stability of the International Monetary Fund’s special drawing rights, which help to determine the implications for nations’ debt repayments. He also assesses economic issues such as economic growth and commodity price forecasting to benefit farmers and investors, as well as inform policymakers about the tradeoffs between protectionism and free trade.

Stewart received a bachelor’s and master's degree in economics from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, along with a master’s and a doctorate in economics from the University of Alabama.