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Jeffrey Ball
Scholar-in-Residence

Biography 

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 is energy-and-environment columnist for The New Republic. 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. Since his move to Stanford, his writing has been published by Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, Slate and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications.

Ball’s New Republic column, Resources, appears biweekly at TNR.com. Ball also contributes commentary about energy issues on WSJ.com 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 created 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 lives in Palo Alto, CA, with his wife and two daughters.

Follow him on Twitter at @jeff_ball.