, a Professor of Economics at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), has been appointed the School’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Kotchen, who also has affiliated appointments in the Yale School of Management and the Department of Economics, has been at Yale since 2009.
As Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Kotchen will take leadership responsibilities in key matters related to F&ES curricula and academic programs and serve as a member of the School's senior management team, said Interim Dean James Saiers
“Both Matt and I have spoken with incoming Dean Indy Burke about this appointment, and I know they are enthusiastic about working together with faculty, students, and staff to continue to strengthen and innovate around academics at F&ES,” Saiers said. “I look forward to the contributions he will make with the help from all of us in the years to come.”
Kotchen’s research examines a range of issues at the intersection of environmental economics and policy, including climate change, “green” markets, corporate social responsibility, and international development.
“I look forward to the position as way to continue building on the strengths of F&ES as the leading institution for the study of environmental science and management,” said Kotchen. “It is also a particularly exciting time with Indy Burke coming in as our new Dean
In 2013, Kotchen served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy at the U.S. Department of Treasury. In that role, he worked on various aspects of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and international financial mechanisms as part of the UN climate negotiations.
He is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, is a member of the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board, and recently served as the visiting Chief Economist of the Environmental Defense Fund.
In his new role Kotchen replaces Saiers, who has served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs since 2010. Saiers will remain the Clifton R. Musser Professor of Hydrology at F&ES.