Tim hanging out
J.D/Ph.D. Student
Environmental Studies


B.A., Bates College

M.S., University of Colorado Boulder


Tim Molnar is a Ph.D. student in the environmental studies department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research interests include clean cooking technologies, distributed renewable energy, environmental sociology, and climate change policy. He received his B.A. in mathematics and German Studies from Bates College in 2011. After graduation Tim spent two years in Austria on a grant from the Fulbright Commission, where he was simultaneously under contract with a semi-professional soccer team. Following his time living in rural Tirol, Tim earned an M.S. in environmental studies at CU Boulder, where he is continuing on with the intention of pursuing a joint JD/PhD. During his masters program, he was part of the REACCTING team, conducting research on improved cookstoves in Northern Ghana and additionally worked as a research consultant on distributed renewable energy for the UNFCCC. Tim is also a research assistant with LEEP - The Laboratory for Energy and Environmental Policy Innovation - and is passionate about teaching undergraduate students. In the fall of 2017, as a graduate part time instructor, he’s piloting and teaching the upper division course “Energy, Natural Resources, and the Developing World”. Tim is fluent in German, proficient in Spanish, and speaks some French. Outside of the lab, you’ll find Tim skiing, running, biking, climbing, and strumming - mostly unsuccessfully - his guitar.