C.-Y. Cynthia Lin Lawell

Associate professor and the Robert Dyson Sesquicentennial Chair in environmental, energy, and resource economics at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Academic focus

C.-Y. Cynthia Lin Lawell joins the Dyson School with an academic focus on environmental and natural resource economics, energy economics, industrial organization, applied econometrics, and applied microeconomics.


Most recently, Lin Lawell was an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California at Davis. Her academic background includes a PhD and an AM in economics, and an AB, summa cum laude, in environmental science and public policy, all from Harvard University.

On joining the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

“I am thrilled to join the SC Johnson College of Business for several reasons. First, I am absolutely honored and delighted to be joining a business school whose values include excellence, inclusion, engagement, community, and impact. As an environmental and natural resource economist who believes that understanding economics and harnessing economic thinking are critical for addressing issues related to the environment and natural resources, I similarly believe that understanding business and industry, and leveraging business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit, are important for addressing society’s environmental, natural resource, and energy challenges.”

“Second, I am excited to join the talented faculty at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and to have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with the world-class faculty at all three top-ranked business schools in the SC Johnson College of Business. Third, as a dedicated teacher and mentor, I am eager to pursue the vision of the SC Johnson College of Business to inspire leaders to build sustainable, shared prosperity. I look forward to joining the SC Johnson College of Business faculty team in generating world-class knowledge, inspiring students, and impacting society in a positive manner.”

“Cornell has the best of all worlds: it is both a private Ivy League school and a land-grant university; it is international and cosmopolitan in composition, intellect, and scope, as well as rural and bucolic in setting and beauty—a unique confluence of values, energy, and interests that is perfectly situated for and congruent with my own. As many of my colleagues, I am drawn to and inspired by the Cornell motto and founding principles to be ‘an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.’ I am truly honored and delighted to be joining the faculty at Cornell University.”