Alice Tianbo Zhang Assistant Professor of Economics

Alice Tianbo Zhang

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Curriculum Vitae

Alice joins Washington and Lee University as an Assistant Professor of Economics in the summer of 2020. Before joining W&L, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University. Her transcontinental education journey first brought her from Beijing, China to the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees with Distinction in Economics, Statistics, and a minor in Public Policy. While attending Berkeley, she worked for the City of Berkeley on implementing the Berkeley Climate Action Plan. She then obtained a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from Columbia University in 2019. At Columbia, she worked for the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, the Center on Global Energy Policy, and the Earth Institute.

As an environmental economist passionate about environmental and social justice issues in developing countries, her research seeks to improve our understanding of how large-scale natural and social processes, such as anthropogenic climate change, natural disasters, and forced migration, affect economic development and human welfare. She is especially interested in using cutting-edge data and economic models to address the distributional implications of government policies and provide practical solutions for the challenges of sustainability. As an educator, she has had the unique opportunity during graduate school to teach classes across several disciplines, including economics, statistics, and sustainable development, in front of a diverse audience. She is excited to embark on her academic career at W&L and grow as a teacher-scholar with her students and colleagues.


Ph.D. in Sustainable Development, Columbia University (2019)
M.A. in Sustainable Development, Columbia University (2016)
B.A. in Economics, Statistics, Public Policy Minor, University of California, Berkeley (2013)


Environmental and Energy Economics
Development Economics
Climate Change Impact, Adaptation, and Mitigation
Political Economy
Social Justice


ECON 100 Introduction to Economics
ECON 202 Statistics for Economics