James Withrow

James Withrow is a member of the first cohort of North Carolina STEM Policy Fellows, a new program launched in 2020 to recruit early career STEM professionals with advanced degrees from NC universities to work for the State of North Carolina.

In his placement in the Office of Science, Technology & Innovation, Withrow conducts research and policy analysis as well as facilitating partnership between private sector and government officials to promote state-wide economic development. He is especially interested in leveraging technology and innovation policy to expand opportunities for sustainable development in rural communities in North Carolina.

Withrow is a Ph.D. Candidate (expected Dec. 2020) in the Biology and Entomology programs at NC State University, where he also completed his M.S. degree in Entomology in 2017. For his graduate research, he has studied social behavior in honey bees as a means to develop beekeeping methods that promote colony health and productivity. As a graduate student, he has been very active in university-wide leadership and advocacy, including serving two terms as President of the NC State Graduate Student Association. In preparation for a career in science policy, he has participated in state, national, and international level science communication and policy programs, with a particular focus on improving and adopting advanced agricultural technology to meet the challenges of sustainably feeding our global population. He is a 2020 graduate of the NC Science Festival’s IMPACTS: Inspiring Meaningful Programs and Communication Through Science program and a 2020 Generation Fellow in Food & Farming with the Breakthrough Institute.

Withrow grew up on a small family farm in Rutherford County, North Carolina. He studied Music and Biology at Gardner-Webb University before moving to Raleigh, where he worked at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences before attending graduate school at NC State. He can be reached at (919) 814-4763  and james.withrow@nccommerce.com.