Denise Hearn

Pronouns: She / Her

Senior Staff Associate II; Resident Senior Fellow, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), Columbia Law School

101 William C. Warren Hall
Mail Code 4036
United States


Denise Hearn is a writer, applied researcher, and advisor focused on how economic power and paradigms shape our world. 

She advises governments, financial institutions, companies, and nonprofits on antitrust, economic policy, and new economic thinking. She is currently a Resident Senior Fellow at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, a joint center of Columbia University Law School and Columbia Climate School.

Denise co-authored The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition with Jonathan Tepper — named one of the Financial Times’ Best Books of 2018. Her writing has been translated into 9 languages, and featured in publications such as: The Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Globe and Mail, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and The Washington Post. She currently authors the Embodied Economics newsletter. 

She has helped catalyze a number of initiatives across sectors, including: the Antitrust and Sustainability initiative at Columbia University, Access to Markets, the Antimonopoly Summit, and the First Principles Forum.

Denise is Advisory Board Chair of The Predistribution Initiative — a multi-stakeholder project to improve investment structures and practices to address systemic risks like inequality, biodiversity loss, and climate change. And she has an MBA from the Oxford Saïd Business School and a BA in International Studies from Baylor University.


May 22, 2024

A Glimpse at the Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains Program

Students from around the globe spent two weeks in Vermont learning about current issues and solutions in climate change.

May 20, 2024

Scope 3 Carbon Emissions and the Management of Supply Chains

Measuring an organization’s impact on its environment is becoming a routine part of competent and effective organizational management. Extending that measurement process into the supply chain is part of current best management practices.


Only select publications listed below
Name Published Date
Harms from Concentrated Industries: A Primer 2024
Antitrust and Sustainability: A Landscape Analysis 2023