Mark CohenProfessor, Vanderbilt University


Mark A. Cohen is the Justin Potter Professor of American Competitive Enterprise and Professor of Law at the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, where he has also served as Senior Associate Dean. Professor Cohen’s research and consulting focuses on firm strategy and government policy, including topics such as corporate sustainability strategy, future of energy markets, consumer protection and discrimination issues. Previously, he was an economist at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Trade Commission. He also served as Vice President for Research at Resources for the Future, a non-partisan research institute focused on environmental and natural resource issues.


Professor Cohen was a founding member of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Stakeholder Council and has consulted with global corporations on sustainability reporting and strategy. He has served on numerous governmental and research advisory panels on sustainability issues, such as Tennessee’s Environmental Justice Steering Committee, EPA’s Science Advisory Board’s Panel on Illegal Competitive Advantage and Economic Benefits, and GAO’s Expert Panel on Disclosure of Environmental Information in SEC filings.


At Vanderbilt, he teaches courses to MBA and Master of Finance students such as Corporate Strategies for Environmental, Social & Governance Issues; Future of Energy Markets in a Low Carbon Economy; and Law and Business of Climate Change. His unique, award-winning course, Financial Analysis of Environmental, Social & Governance Data, teaches students how to incorporate ESG metrics into traditional financial models.


Professor Cohen received a B.S.F.S. in International Economics from Georgetown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Carnegie-Mellon University.