Interested in energy, the environment and climate change but not sure how to make a career out of it? There are a wide array of exciting career pathways to choose from across these topics for young people with various skill sets and passions. To provide UChicago students of all levels and schools with insight into the range of opportunities and what’s it’s like to work in these positions, EPIC is hosting a virtual career series with young UChicago alumni—starting with EPIC’s own former Bartlett and DRW Fellows. Alumni will share insights into their day-to-day lives, how they got to where they are, and what they wish they knew when they were UChicago students.

Join us as we welcome Harris Public Policy ’19 graduate Trevor Dean Arnold, Applied Economics PhD Student at Cornell University.


Dean is a PhD student in Applied Economics at the Dyson School at Cornell University. He studies the effectiveness and equity of energy programs and climate policy. He first became interested in studying energy and environmental economics at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, where he earned his MPP. During his time at Harris, Dean interned at the World Bank as a Data Scientist and was an external Bartlett Fellow with EPIC, where he studied integrated assessment models at the University of Copenhagen. After graduating from Harris, Dean worked as an E2e Fellow with the E2e Project and the Urban Labs as a full time researcher. In this role, he analyzed data on home energy subsidy programs and designed randomized-controlled trials to learn about state energy programs. Dean is excited to share his circuitous route to academia and discuss career paths in research, either in academia or otherwise.