Gregory B. Upton, Jr.

Gregory Brian Upton, Jr.

Interim Executive Director and Associate Professor-Research

Center for Energy Studies

Louisiana State University

1139 Energy, Coast and Environment Bldg.

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Phone: 225-578-4140 / Fax: 225-578-4541



Dr. Greg Upton is Associate Research Professor at the Louisiana State University Center for Energy Studies. As of January 2023, he is interim executive director of the Center. His research interests are related to the analysis of economic, environmental and public policy issues in the energy industry.

During his tenure at LSU, Dr. Upton has addressed a number of topical energy issues of significance to Louisiana, including Louisiana mineral taxes, solar tax credits, and net metering policies, the impact of the oil price collapse on Louisiana’s budgetary challenges, and implications of the crude oil export ban’s lifting on the Louisiana economy, among others. He has presented research on these topics to more than 100 industry, governmental, and academic audiences, and has been quoted or cited approximately 100 times in local and national media, including the Wall Street Journal and NPR’s Marketplace.

Dr. Upton holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Louisiana State University where he also received both an M.A. in economics and a B.S. in economics with a concentration in empirical analysis. He is a member of professional organizations including the American Economic Association (AEA), International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE), and the Southern Economic Association (SEA). He has taught courses the Department of Environmental Sciences and Department of Economics at LSU and is a program faculty member at Michigan State University’s Institute of Public Utilities.