Assistant Professor of Political Science
Assistant Professor of Public Policy (by courtesy)
University of Pittsburgh
Michaël Aklin is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a courtesy appointment at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from New York University in 2014 and spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also a Visiting Scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany.
Michaël is interested in long-term policy issues such as climate change and sustainable energy transitions. He studies these issues both at the global and local levels, and has published in outlets such as Nature Energy, Science Advances, and the American Journal of Political Science. At Pitt, Michaël teaches classes on environmental politics, climate policy, and statistics. His goal is to equip students with a critical mindset and the tools to tackle the defining issues of our time.
As an ISEP fellow, Michaël does practical and actionable research. He has a particular interest in renewable energy as a solution to the problem of energy poverty in countries such as India. More generally, he is interested in the connections between development and environmental policies.
Assistant Professor of International Relations
University of Glasgow
Patrick Bayer is Assistant Professor in International Relations at the University of Glasgow. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University in Mannheim in 2013 and holds an M.Sc. degree in Environmental Economics from University College London. Prior to coming to Glasgow, he was research fellow at Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia University.
Patrick’s research focuses on central questions in international cooperation, with applications to environmental and energy politics. Previous research includes work on feed-in tariffs, renewable energy as well as climate and environmental finance, which has been published in Science Advances, the Journal of Politics, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. Patrick teaches classes on global environmental politics, international organizations, and research methods, and was among the teaching faculty of the EITM Europe Summer Institute.
Patrick has recently developed a keen interest in formal modeling and empirical testing of the strategic interaction of governments and firms in carbon regulation. As ISEP fellow, he will be contributing to evidence-based analysis of international climate governance and regulatory policy, such as emissions trading.
Assistant Professor of International Political Economy
School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Johns Hopkins University
Andrew Cheon is Assistant Professor of International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He concentrates on issues of international political economy, theories of international relations, and problems of energy governance. Before joining the SAIS faculty, he obtained his doctorate in Political Science from Columbia University.
His current research analyzes the global investments of national oil companies, presenting a political economy account with a focus on bureaucratic institutions. His work has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Global Environmental Change. He recently completed a book manuscript on activism against the fossil fuel industry.
As ISEP, Andrew seeks to contribute theoretically grounded research on topics of policy relevance, such as governance of fossil fuels and energy security.
Assistant Professor of Government
University of Essex
Federica Genovese is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Department of Government at the University of Essex. She is also the lead of the Quantitative Social Science section of the Eastern Academic Research Consortium between University of East Anglia, University of Essex and University of Kent. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Konstanz in 2013, and spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University before moving to Essex.
Federica is interested in the global, cross-national and domestic politics of environmental problems. In the past she has studied cross-country positions on global climate cooperation, the industrial politics of climate change mitigation, and public opinion on green policies. She uses a wide range of research methodologies. She has published her work in outlets such as Environmental Politics, British Journal of Political Science and International Studies Quarterly. At Essex, Federica teaches classes on environmental politics and research methods.
In her current research, Federica focuses on topics such as the politics of the 2015 Paris Agreement pledges and the strategic use of fairness at international climate change negotiations. She is also interested in business positions on policies such as the EU Emission Trading Scheme and the implications of domestic institutional tensions on countries’ positions at the UNFCCC.
Associate Professor of Global Public Policy
Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
Dr. Thomas Hale’s research explores how we can manage transnational problems effectively and fairly. He seeks to explain how political institutions evolve–or not–to face the challenges raised by globalization and interdependence, with a particular emphasis on environmental and economic issues. He holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton University, a masters degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics, and an AB in public policy from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. A US national, Hale has studied and worked in Argentina, China, and Europe. His books include Beyond Gridlock (Polity 2017), Between Interests and Law: The Politics of Transnational Commercial Disputes (Cambridge 2015), Transnational Climate Change Governance (Cambridge 2014), and Gridlock: Why Global Cooperation Is Failing when We Need It Most (Polity 2013).
Crawford School of Public Policy
Australian National University
Dr. Llewelyn Hughes is Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University (ANU), where he sits on the Energy Change Institute’s Executive Committee. He has authored numerous papers on energy-policy related issues, and is the author of Globalizing Oil: Firms and Oil Market Governance in France, Japan, and the United States, published by Cambridge University Press. At ISEP, Llewelyn works on clean technology innovation, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region.
In addition to his academic work Llewelyn is Research Director at GR Japan, a government and public affairs consultancy based in Tokyo, where his advice helps companies in the solar photovoltaic, wind, and energy efficiency sectors navigate regulatory affairs in the Japanese market. He received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and holds a Masters degree from the Graduate School of Law and Politics at the University of Tokyo. Llewelyn is trained as a simultaneous and consecutive interpreter in the Japanese language, and is a citizen of Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain.
Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment and Canadian Studies
Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
Dr. Sarah Jordaan’s research is aimed at uncovering the environmental and economic trade-offs related to energy decisions. Her publications focus on not only life cycle assessment of energy technologies but also more broadly on environmental science, technology innovation and energy policy. Her collaborations have been published in numerous journals, such as Science Magazine, Nature Energy, Environmental Science & Technology, and Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Prior to Johns Hopkins University, she was an Assistant Professor of Energy Policy and Politics at the University of Calgary from 2013-2016. She held a joint postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University between the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government. She has also held positions at the Electric Power Research Institute, Shell Canada, and the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation at the University of California, San Diego. She earned her doctorate in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary in 2010 and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics with a minor in Computer Science from Memorial University in 2003.
Sung Eun Kim
Assistant Professor of Political Scince
Sung Eun Kim is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Korea University. Her research interests include political economy of environment and energy and international political economy with a particular attention to the impact of information on individuals’ economic and political responses to globalization. Broadly, her research lies at the intersection of domestic politics and international relations and draws upon a wide body of quantitative and text-based data. She received B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Korea University, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.
As an ISEP fellow, Sung will be conducting research on political and economic geography of air pollution, with a keen interest in analyzing public awareness of and media attention to it in emerging economies.
Energy and Climate Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
David Livingston is an associate fellow in Carnegie’s Energy and Climate Program, where his research focuses on emerging markets, technologies, and risks. He is also a nonresident associate of Carnegie Europe in Brussels. Previously, Livingston served as the inaugural Robert S. Strauss fellow for geoeconomics at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, where he concluded as acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs. He also has worked at the World Trade Organization in Geneva and at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna.
Livingston was selected as a Future Energy Leader by the World Energy Council, is an alumnus of the Atlantik Brücke Young Leaders Program, and serves on the advisory board of South by Southwest (SXSW) Cities and a number of social enterprise start-ups.
Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Paasha Mahdavi is Assistant Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and Director of the M.S. in Data Science for Public Policy program.
As a Fellow at the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Paasha studies the politics of nationalization and state-owned enterprises in the energy sector (the subject of his current book project); the consequences of oil-to-cash transfers; and the political economy of fossil fuel subsidy reform. His work has been published in journals such as Energy Policy, Nature Energy, and World Politics. Paasha is an Affiliated Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown and currently serves as the GFC Fellow for the Council on the Future of Energy at the World Economic Forum. In a past life, Paasha worked as an energy consultant for ICF International. He earned his M.A. in international policy from Stanford, and M.S. in statistics and Ph.D. in political science from UCLA.
Assistant Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy
University of California, Berkeley
Jonas Meckling is Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he leads the Energy and Environment Policy Lab.
Jonas studies clean energy transitions and the political forces that drive them. He is particularly interested in the global politics of energy innovation, including in industries such as solar and electric vehicles. Jonas is the author of two books, the latest of which is Carbon Coalitions: Business, Climate Politics, and the Rise of Emissions Trading (MIT Press). He published in journals such as International Studies Quarterly, the Review of International Political Economy, and Science.
Jonas is a Faculty Affiliate at the Energy and Resources Group at Berkeley and a Fellow at the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy at Johns Hopkins. Previously, Jonas served as Senior Advisor to the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, was a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, and worked at the European Commission. He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.
Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment
School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Johns Hopkins University
Jonas Nahm is Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources, and Environment at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.
Jonas studies the political economy of development and industrial upgrading in green industries, the politics of innovation, and the political economy of the energy sector. In addition to China – his primary focus for the exploration of these themes – Jonas’ research draws on cases in Germany and the United States. His current book project “Varieties of Innovation: The Creation of Wind and Solar Industries in China, Germany, and the United States” examines the mechanisms through which distinct patterns of innovation have emerged in renewable energy sectors in each of these locations. A new research project investigates the politics of greening the auto sector in China, Germany, and the United States.
Before joining the faculty, Jonas was a Postdoctoral Fellow for International and Public Affairs at the Watson Institute at Brown University. He holds a PhD in Political Science from MIT.
Giorgio Ruffolo Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sustainability Science
J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Wei Peng is a Giorgio Ruffolo Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sustainability Science in the Belfer Center for Science and International affairs at the J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Her research utilizes integrated assessment methods to inform energy policy in both emerging markets (e.g. China) and developing countries (e.g. U.S.) that aligns carbon mitigation efforts with local environmental and socioeconomic priorities. She focuses on the synergies and tradeoffs between energy sector decarbonization and other local concerns (e.g. air pollution, public health, water conservation, economic costs and jobs), as well as the potentially unequal geographic impacts at the subnational level. She uses a variety of modeling tools, including atmospheric chemistry and transport models (e.g. WRF-Chem), integrated assessment models (e.g. GCAM, GAINS, RICE), and optimization models.
Wei earned a BS in Environmental Science from Peking University, and a PhD in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Sceince
University of California, Santa Barbara
Leah Stokes’ research examines public policy, public opinion and political behavior, with a focus on energy and environment. Her current book project studies interest groups’ role in changing US states’ energy policy, with a focus renewable portfolio standards and net-metering laws. Other ongoing projects include examining protests against energy infrastructure, political staff in Congress, environmentalists’ electoral participation, violence against environmental activists, and effective water conservation policy in California. To date, her research has been published in journals including The American Journal of Political Science, The British Journal of Political Science, Energy Policy, Nature Energy, Global Environmental Politics, and Environmental Science & Technology. Her work has been cited in popular media including The New York Times, Vox, The Toronto Star and CBC. Prior to academia, Leah worked at the Parliament of Canada and Resources for the Future. Leah is also the co-Chair of the Scholars Strategy Network’s Working Group on Energy & Climate and is affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.
Associate Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment
School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Johns Hopkins University
Rui Wang specializes in the public policy analysis for sustainable development, especially on issues related to cities or China. Rui’s research appears in the areas of public policy, economics, and natural science and has been covered in the Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Los Angeles Times and New York Times. He also gave invited talks at the China Finance 40 Forum, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Los Angeles World Affairs Council, RAND, World Bank, and numerous academic conferences and institutions. His works on California’s local climate actions, China’s urban household carbon emissions, and parking in China’s cities were cited by the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.
Rui is the inaugural SAIS China Yeung Family Endowed Scholar and a steering committee member of the Johns Hopkins 21st Century Cities Initiative. He serves on the editorial boards of Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment and USDOT’s Journal of Transportation and Statistics. He has consulted for Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning and Design, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the World Bank.
Rui earned his bachelor’s degrees in Geography and Economics from Peking University and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. He taught at UCLA before joining SAIS.