I am an associate professor in the Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. My research focuses on energy, environment and innovation in China, including renewable energy industry development and climate change policy. I am currently leading a National Science Foundation-funded project on International Partnerships and Technological Leapfrogging in China’s Clean Energy Sector.
My most recent book, Green Innovation in China: China’s Wind Power Industry and the Global Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy was awarded the 2014 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award by the International Studies Association for best book of the year in environmental studies.I was a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, and a member of the National Academies Committee on U.S.-China Cooperation on Electricity from Renewables.
I am currently a non-resident faculty affiliate with the China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. I also serve as a consultant and advisor to the Energy Foundation China as well as to other foundations, governmental and non-governmental organizations working on energy and climate change issues in China. I have worked on projects with the US Department of Energy, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the US Agency for International Development.
From 2011-2012 I was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and from 2011-2013 was a National Committee on US-China Relations Public Intellectuals Program Fellow. From 2005-2008 I was the Senior International Fellow at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change (now the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions), and from 2000-2005 I was a researcher in the China Energy Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. I have also served as the technical director for the Asia Society’s Initiative for U.S.-China Cooperation on Energy and Climate, and have worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the National Wildlife Federation and the Environmental Defense Fund. From 2003-2004 I was a visiting scholar at the Energy Environment Economy Research Institute (3E) of Tsinghua University in Beijing and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at the East West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
I hold a Ph.D. and M.A. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University.
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