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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. He also is a lecturer at Stanford Law School.

At the center, a joint initiative of Stanford’s law and business schools, Ball heads a project exploring how China and the U.S. might deploy cleaner energy more efficiently if each one played to its economic strengths. The project focuses on the solar industry.

Ball writes regularly for a variety of publications. His stories and essays have appeared in Fortune, The New Republic, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, and Slate, among other places. He came to Stanford in 2011 from The Wall Street Journal, where he was the environment editor and spent more than a decade writing about energy and the environment from the paper’s Detroit and Dallas bureaus.

Ball 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 Journal’s annual conference on energy and the environment, which he helped create. He speaks frequently about writing and 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.

Follow Ball on Twitter at @jeff_ball.