Professor Daniel H. Cole, an internationally recognized environmental law and economics scholar, joined Indiana University in 1991, moving to the Bloomington campus in 2011. He is the author or editor of 12 books and more than 60 articles, with works published in England, France, Italy, and China, as well as the United States. Cole's writings are mostly 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. Much of his current writing is devoted to extending the research program of Elinor and Vincent Ostrom.
In addition to being an award-winning teacher, Cole 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.