• Ph.D. in Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2002
  • MPAff, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, 1996
  • B.A. in Political and Social Thought, University of Virginia, 1992
Research Areas
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Natural Resource Economics and Policy
  • Energy Economics and Policy
Teaching Areas
  • Economics
  • Environmental and Energy Policy

Sheila Olmstead is an associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, a visiting fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF) in Washington, DC, and a senior fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana. In August 2016, she began a one-year leave from UT Austin to serve as the senior economist for energy and the environment at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Before joining UT in 2013, Olmstead was a senior fellow (2013) and fellow (2010-13) at RFF, as well as an associate professor (2007-10) and assistant professor (2002-07) of environmental economics at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Olmstead has served as vice president and as a member of the board of directors of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, as associate editor of Water Resources Research, as co-editor of Environmental and Resource Economics, and as an editorial council member for the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. She holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University (2002), a Masters in Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin (1996) and a B.A. from the University of Virginia (1992).

Media Expertise
  • Energy Policy
  • Energy Water Nexus
  • Evaluation of energy and water conservation programs
  • Water Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Climate change
  • Econometrics
  • Economics
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Natural resource management