Mikael Sandberg

Lecturer and Undergraduate Coordinator


Dr. Sandberg is currently Undergraduate Coordinator in the Food and Resource Economics Department. He joined the faculty in 2004 while still in doctoral candidacy and has remained with the Food and Resource Economics department after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

Dr. Sandberg is a committed and award-winning educator with a successful track-record of teaching excellence, course development, and student advising. His teaching evaluations consistently rank above both the departmental and college averages and his performance in the classroom has earned him several teaching awards and recognitions from both students and faculty, such as the 'Teacher of the Year' award as voted by the undergraduate students in the department in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2013, respectively. On the college-level, he also earned the prestigious 'College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Undergraduate Teaching Award' in 2013. In 2016, he was the recipient of the ‘Outstanding Teaching of a Course Award’ by the Southern Agricultural Economics Association.  

Dr. Sandberg serves as the advisor (or coach) of the department's Academic Quiz Bowl team. Under his leadership, the team has secured four National Championship titles.  Additionally, he is currently the academic advisor for the Minor in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance.

During the 2013 – 2014 academic year, Dr. Sandberg was a member of the faculty in the Department of Business Administration at Flagler College.


Dr. Sandberg's diverse teaching interests cover economic theory, applied microeconomics, managerial economics, applied macroeconomics, quantitative analysis, economic development, and international trade.

Over the past decade, Dr. Sandberg has taught a wide array of undergraduate and graduate courses in the Food and Resource Economics department, including:

  • AEB2014 Economic Issues (AEB2014;
  • AEB3103 Principles of Food and Resource Economics
  • AEB3281 Agricultural Macroeconomics
  • AEB3510 Quantitative Methods
  • AEB3550 Data Analysis
  • AEB4334 Price Analysis
  • AEB4931 International Agricultural Trade
  • AEB4951 Survey of Agricultural Economics
  • AEB5188 Economics of Agribusiness Decisions
  • AEB5516 Quantitative Methods for Agribusiness

At Flagler College, he taught courses in International Economics, Economic Development, Quantitative Methods, Intermediate Macroeconomics, and Principles of Macroeconomics. During his time at the University of Florida, Dr. Sandberg developed and structured two primary courses for the department: Agricultural Macroeconomics course (an international/intermediate macroeconomics course with a policy emphasis) and the International Agricultural Trade (a senior-level capstone international economics and trade policy course) for the department. He is a highly committed educator and his teaching evaluations consistently rank well-above the departmental and college averages and have resulted in the award of several teaching recognitions.


Dr. Sandberg's research agenda involves the empirical analysis of international trade flows.

In particular, it highlights the links between international trade, history, and economic integration. His efforts have thus far emphasized the application of gravity models to the analysis of bilateral trade volumes under the presence of different types of 'networks' resulting from the formation of regional trade agreements and from the existence of former imperial relationships. Dr. Sandberg has empirically investigated the scope and extent of such distortions within the Western Hemisphere and elsewhere. His doctoral dissertation provided a comprehensive empirical analysis of trade volumes within the Western Hemisphere using the gravity model by assessing the influence of regional and historical networks on trade behavior in the Americas. He has additional research interests in economic development, economic history, and teaching and learning.