Allison M Chatrchyan

Allison M. Chatrchyan

CICSS Director

Rice Hall


Allison M. Chatrchyan is the Director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions, and a Senior Research Associate in the Departments of Development Sociology and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. She is also a Faculty Fellow with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell.

As a social scientist, her work focuses on the interactions between social, environmental, and agricultural systems. With the Institute, Dr. Chatrchyan facilitates interdisciplinary research and extension teams and helps develop resources and tools for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Her research focus is on assessing views and actions on climate change, multi-level climate change governance mechanisms, and climate change policies and institutions. She co-teaches a new Engaged Cornell course on Global Climate Change Science and Policy course on campus with Drs. Mahowald, Shi, Sassler and Goodale. Dr. Chatrchyan is Principle Investigator on a NIFA-funded grant to develop a new Extension Climate Stewards Volunteer Program for Climate Smart Communities. Dr. Chatrchyan helped establish the Cornell Climate Smart Farming program, the University Climate Change Seminar series, and has led the Cornell Delegations to COP21, COP22, and COP23.

Dr. Chatrchyan previously worked for Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, University of Maryland, United Nations Environment Programme in Paris, France, and the Environmental Policy Center in Washington, DC. A native of Hamilton, NY, she received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Maryland in College Park, and her B.A. from Colby College in Waterville, ME.