Dr. Lisa Allyn Dale

Pronouns: She / her

Lecturer, Climate, Earth and Society, Undergraduate Special Concentration and Major in Sustainable Development, Columbia Climate School

Hogan Hall
2910 Broadway
New York, NY 10025


Lisa Dale is the Co-Director of the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development. With a background in political science, her courses include: Environmental Policy & Governance; Challenges of Sustainable Development; Public Lands in the American West; Climate Change: Adaptation and Resilience; Science Communications; and Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainable Development. Her research on environmental policy focuses on climate change adaptation in two distinct landscapes: rural agricultural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, and federally managed public lands across the American West. She has a background in both academia and politics in Colorado, including five years as a policy advisor with the Department of Natural Resources for the State of Colorado. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy from Colorado State University in 2003. Before coming to Columbia in 2017, Professor Dale served as the Associate Director for the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy. Additional current appointments include Faculty Affiliate for Columbia’s Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes, Honorary Lecturer at the University of Rwanda (UR), and Senior Research Fellow at UR’s Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management.