Environment Experts

Independent Journalist
Ms. Lief is a journalist and media educator. From 1998 to 2012 she was the deputy director of the International Reporting Project (IRP) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She designed and directed programs and launched initiatives to engage reporters and editors in a wide range of issues, and to explore how technological change impacts international newsgathe...
Advisor on Climate Change at the Asian Development Bank
Senior Associate, Arabella Philanthropic Advisors, Washington; Consultant to private foundations, recently supporting design of environment program for the new Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
Associate Professor of Political Science, Reed College.
Alexander H. Montgomery is an associate professor of Political Science at Reed College. He has published articles on dismantling proliferation networks and on the effects of social networks of international organizations on interstate conflict. His research interests include political organizations, social networks, weapons of mass disruption and destruction, social studies of technology, and inte...
Executive Director, Energy and Sustainability, UC Davis
Amy Myers Jaffe is a leading expert on global energy policy, geopolitical risk, and energy and sustainability. Jaffe serves as executive director for Energy and Sustainability at University of California, Davis with a joint appointment to the Graduate School of Management and Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). Prior to joining UC Davis, Jaffe served as founding director of the Energy Forum...
Freelance Journalist
As an independent journalist for the last 15 years, Palmer has reported almost exclusively on climate change, the environment, and business sustainability since 2008. Her work has appeared in publications such as Slate Magazine, Nature Climate Change, The Guardian, Yale E360, The Yale Forum, Scientific American, and The New York Times, among many others. She is a professional member of the So...
Independent Scholar
Dr. Schwartz is a qualitative social scientist working in the interdisciplinary field of political ecology. She is currently writing a book on the politics of implementing large-scale ecosystem restoration in the Everglades. The project draws on ethnographic research conducted since 2010 and supported by the National Science Foundation and the University of Florida. Her first book, Nature and Nati...
Former President of the Overseas Development Council (ODC)
John W. Sewell is a Senior Scholar at The Wilson Center. His current research analyzes how globalization has affected American national interests in the developing world and the changes in U.S. development policy that are needed to deal with the challenges of the 21st Century. He has recently published a Wilson Center policy paper entitled "The Realpolitik of Ending Poverty: An Action Plan fo...
Susan Chan Shifflett is program associate at the Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum where she focuses on China's food safety and food security. She previously interned at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Food Security working on the Feed The Future initiative. From 2007-2010, she lived in Beijing where she worked as a program assistant at China’s Center of...
Professor of History, Michigan State University.
Sayuri Guthrie Shimizu is a professor of American History at Michigan State University. Her area of expertise is the history of the United States' engagement with the world and she has published extensively on the United States' relations with East Asia, particularly Japan, since the late 19th century. Her approach to historical study is multidisciplinary, encompassing multiple subfields (...

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