Daniel H. Cole

Affiliated Faculty, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis

(812) 855-2426
Room Number:
Law Building 245; Ostrom Workshop I, 200


  • J.S.D., Stanford Law School, 1996
  • J.S.M., Stanford Law School, 1991
  • J.D., Northwestern School of Law, 1986
  • A.M., University of Chicago, 1981
  • A.B., Occidental College, 1980


  • Climate Law and Policy
  • Environmental Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Land Use
  • Law and Economics
  • Natural Resource Law
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Seminar in Property Theory
  • Seminar in Institutional Analysis & Development


Professor Daniel H. Cole, an internationally recognized environmental law and economics scholar, joined Indiana University in 2011. He is the author or editor of seven books and more than 50 articles, with works published in England, France, Italy, and China, as well as the United States. Cole's writings are at the intersection of the law, economics, and politics of property, natural resources law, land use, and environmental protection. He has also written extensively about Poland and Polish law.

In addition to being an award-winning teacher, Cole serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law. He is a founding member of both the Midwest Law and Economics Association and the Society for Environmental Law and Economics. He has served as a visiting scholar on the faculties of Law and Land Economy at the University of Cambridge and is a life member of Clare Hall (College for Advanced Study) in Cambridge. In the fall of 2001, he was the John S. Lehmann Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis. He has also been the R. Bruce Townsend Professor of Law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.


  • Member, Advisory Council, Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
  • Author of seven books and more than 50 articles
  • Member, executive committee, Russian and East European Institute
  • Co-principal investigator, $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant

In the News

Selected Works

  • Elinor Ostrom and the Bloomington School of Political Economy: Resource Governance, Volume 2 (co-edited with M. McGinnis), Lexington Books (2015)
  • “Contextualizing the Influence of Social Norms, Collective Action on Social-Ecological Systems,” 2014, Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, 6, 259-264 (2014) (co-authored with Tom Evans).
  • “The Law and Economics Approach to Property,” 2014, Property Law Review, 3, 212-221. (symposium issue on Research Methods in Property Law).
  • “Digging Deeper into Hardin’s Pasture: The Complex Institutional Structure of ‘The Tragedy of the Commons,’” 2014, Journal of Institutional Economics, 10, 353-369 (2014) (co-authored with Graham Epstein and Michael McGinnis).
  • “Learning from Lin: Lessons and Cautions from the Natural Commons for the Knowledge Commons, in Governing the Knowledge Commons 45-68 (B. Frischmann, M. Madison & K. Strandberg, eds,  Oxford University Press 2014).
  • “The Varieties of Comparative Institutional Analysis,” Wisconsin Law Review, 2013, 383-409.
  • “Law, Politics, and Cost-Benefit Analysis,”2012, Alabama Law Review, 64, 55-89.
  • Property in Land and Other Resources (co-edited with E. Ostrom). Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2012.
  • “Introduction,” (with E. Ostrom), “Chapter 2: The variety of property systems and rights in natural resources,” (with E. Ostrom), “Chapter 5: Property creation by regulation: rights to clean air and rights to pollute.” Principles of Law & Economics (with P. Z. Grossman). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2004; New York: Wolters Kluwer/Aspen Publishers (2nd edition), 2011.

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