M.A. in Climate and Society

The MA in Climate and Society is a 12-month interdisciplinary graduate program that trains professionals and academics to understand and address the impacts of climate variability and climate change on society and the environment. Through classes and research, students gain knowledge in both climate and social sciences as they relate to climate.

Columbia University, the Earth Institute and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory are at the forefront of climate research and applications. Climate and Society sits at this nexus and takes an interdisciplinary approach to the causes and impacts of the climate crisis as well as how to prepare society. The program draws on faculty members' expertise in earth sciences, climate dynamics, statistics and real-world problem-solving. Students are further able to take courses in law, international relations, engineering and other disciplines to tailor the program to their interests.

The MA in Climate and Society is offered by the Columbia Climate School in partnership with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. It also benefits from partnerships with the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the Earth Institute and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society.




Name Title Email
de Sherbinin, Alexander Director and Senior Research Scientist amd155@columbia.edu
Rose, Alison Senior Program Manager, Food for Humanity Initiative ra2322@columbia.edu
Robertson, Andrew Senior Research Scientist awr2001@columbia.edu
Kruczkiewicz, Andrew Senior Staff Associate II ajk2207@columbia.edu
Chang, Bora Lecturer in Climate bc2657@columbia.edu
Lee, Chia-Ying Lamont Associate Research Professor cl3225@columbia.edu
Diaz, Clarisa Lecturer, Adjunct Professor cad2201@columbia.edu
Westervelt, Daniel Lamont Associate Research Professor dmw2166@columbia.edu
Fiondella, Francesco Associate Director, Communications and Special Projects francesco@iri.columbia.edu
Smerdon, Jason Professor of Climate jsmerdon@ldeo.columbia.edu
Schlegelmilch, Jeffrey Director js4645@columbia.edu
Fanzo, Jessica Professor of Climate and Director of the Food for Humanity Initiative jf671@columbia.edu
Louis-Jean, Jochebed Senior Program Manager jal2356@columbia.edu
Lovecchio, Johanna Director of Program Design jrl2205@columbia.edu
DeVincenzo, Joshua Assistant Director for Education and Training jld2225@columbia.edu
Douglass, Kristina Associate Professor of Climate kmd2242@columbia.edu
Dale, Lisa Co-Director lad2189@columbia.edu
Lott, Melissa Professor of Professional Practice mcl2217@columbia.edu
Biasutti, Michela Lamont Research Professor biasutti@ldeo.columbia.edu
Ting, Mingfang Professor of Climate mt2204@columbia.edu
DeFries, Ruth Chief Academic Officer; Co-Founding Dean Emerita rd2402@columbia.edu
Foster, Sheila Professor of Climate srf2173@columbia.edu
Adamo, Susana Beatriz Research Scientist sa2595@columbia.edu
Chandler, Thomas Deputy Director and Research Scientist tec11@columbia.edu