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Jeffrey Ball
Scholar-in-Residence and Lecturer in Law


Jeffrey Ball, a writer on energy and the environment, is scholar-in-residence at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance.

At Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center, a joint initiative of the university’s law and business schools, Ball heads a project exploring how China and the U.S. might deploy clean-energy capital more efficiently if each one played more strategically to its economic strengths. The project focuses on the solar-energy industry, the subject of a law-school public-policy practicum that Ball has co-taught. In 2013, he conceived of and moderated a five-part series of public discussions at Stanford, called Rising Power, on China’s energy business and its global implications.

Ball also writes stories and essays for a variety of publications. Since he arrived at Stanford, his writing has been published by Fortune, The New Republic, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal and Slate, among other publications. He came to Stanford in 2011 from The Wall Street Journal, where he was the paper’s environment editor and spent more than a decade writing about energy and the environment from the paper’s Detroit and Dallas bureaus.

Ball also contributes commentary about energy issues on as a member of “The Experts,” a Wall Street Journal panel. He remains an organizer and host of ECO:nomics, The Wall Street Journal’s annual conference on energy and the environment, which he helped create when he was the paper’s environment editor. He speaks about energy and environmental issues, including on college campuses as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. He has appeared such networks as PBS, NPR, CNN and the BBC.

Ball graduated from Yale University, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News. He and his wife are the resident fellows of Roble Hall, a Stanford undergraduate house, where they live with their two daughters and their dog.