Ty Robbins, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
College of Social Sciences
College of Computational Sciences
College of Business


  • Nominated for University Teaching Awards: Teaching Assistant (UC Santa Barbara), Lecturer (UC Irvine)
  • Presented environmental, experimental, and political economy research at domestic and international conferences
  • Recipient of numerous student-faculty summer research grants
  • Content author (algorithmic eLearning) for leading economic theory textbook
  • Worked as a research analyst in economic consulting

Ty Robbins is an environmental economist whose work combines applied econometrics and behavioral economics to investigate the external factors and intrinsic preferences that influence collective action. Fascinated by a spectrum of topics, Robbins’ previous research includes international environmental agreements to mitigate climate change, domestic environmental terrorism, avoided deforestation, and demand for sustainable living.

Robbins earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining Minerva, he taught at UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, Johns Hopkins University, Pepperdine University, Manchester University, and California State University Channel Islands. Robbins employs a variety of active learning techniques to promote collaborative learning, nurture individual identity, drive intuition, build confidence, and effectively develop practical skills for real-world application. He teaches in Social Sciences, Business, and across the Cornerstone courses.