Louise A. Rosen

Louise A. Rosen

Senior Associate Dean of Administration and Communications at the School of Professional Studies; Lecturer in Environmental Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs

Louise A. Rosen serves as the Senior Associate Dean of Administration and Communications at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, and is a Lecturer in Environmental Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs. Prior to joining SPS she had been Deputy Vice President for Strategic Engagement. In her decade at the Earth Institute she incubated eight degree programs, including the first undergraduate major in Sustainable Development at Columbia University and the M.S. in Sustainability Management.


She advocates for environmental conservation, animal rescue, and animal/nature-assisted therapies. Her research includes understanding socially-constructed values of the environment to create empathy to advance support for sustainable development and the natural world. In particular she is interested in non-verbal communication, experiential storytelling, the sentience of the non-human living world and how empathy with them can be used as a path forward to seeding empathy across social groups.


She was a co-founder of three magazines in London, and has written for several publications including Newsweek.com, Forbes magazine, Upside Today, Fortune Small Business, Vogue, and The New York Times. She has a B.S. in geography from the London School of Economics and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. Currently she is earning an M.A. in psychology in education at Teachers College, Columbia University, with a focus on non-verbal communication and empathetic design. She volunteers to help children with special needs and veterans and first responders with PTSD.