Jean Due received her Master of Science from the University of Illinois in 1950 and her Ph.D. in 1953, and became a professor in Agricultural and Consumer Economics. She was involved in the Women and Gender Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) and committed to providing educational opportunities to women in Africa. Her primary area of academic interest was international agriculture and specialized as a development economist of East Africa. She made over 40 trips, spanning 40 years primarily to East Africa to improve the lives of women through improved agricultural production and microfinancing. Time Magazine published an article, “The Most-Read Female Writers in College Classes” in February 2016 and Jean was named 15th on the list.