Associate Professor, Economics

BA, Gonzaga University, 2003
MPA, University of Washington, 2009
PhD, The Ohio State University, 2014

Lea Fortmann’s teaching and research interests focus on environmental economics and international sustainable development. Prior to completing her PhD in the Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) department at Ohio State, she received her MPA at the Evans School of Public Affairs with a focus on environmental policy. Her previous research experience includes examining the impact of improved water sources on household time-use in rural Ethiopia and the effectiveness of community forest concessions on reducing deforestation in the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia from 03’-05’ where she focused on rural aquaculture development.

Courses Taught:

  • ECON 170: Contemporary Economics
  • ECON 284: Introduction to Econometrics
  • ECON 325: Natural Resource and Environmental Economics and Policy
  • ECON 327: Climate Change Economics, Policy, and Politics