Douglas Almond (co-director)


Focus areas: infant health, environmental economics, public policy, China 

Douglas Almond is Professor of International & Public Affairs (SIPA) and Economics at Columbia University in New York, and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at SIPA.  Links to his research are available here.  

Almond served as a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton administration and studied health effects of pollution in China as a Fulbright scholar. He is a visiting professor at Uppsala University in Sweden, founded in 1477, and visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. 

Almond received his BA in Economics from Carleton College in Minnesota and his PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), where he is currently a research associate in the Children's and Environment and Energy Economics Programs.  

In 2020, Almond received the outstanding adviser award for SIPA's Sustainable Development PhD Program. Since 2017, Almond et al. have generated over 50 megawatt hours of solar electricity and are a net supplier to Central Hudson Energy, Inc.