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Kathleen J. Hancock

Associate Professor and NREP Graduate Program Director, Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences

Kathleen HancockDr. Kathleen J. Hancock is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Department. She is Director of the M.S in Natural Resources & Energy Policy (NREP); the Global, Energy, and Policy Studies Program; and the Global Politics & Society Minor.  She is also Co-Director (with Dr. Tim Ohno) of the multidisciplinary Energy Minor. Her current book project is on the politics of renewable energy.  Focusing on the United States, especially at the state level, she uses political coalition, lobbying, and advocacy theories to describe and then explain renewable energy policies and outcomes.  She highlights how conventional understandings of energy politics (Republicans are pro-fossil fuels; Democrats are pro-renewables) do not capture the richness of energy politics. Understanding these dynamics will help policy makers and the public better understand how the U.S. can continue to increase renewable energy production and consumption.  She is lead editor and author of two chapters for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Energy Politics.  She is on the editorial board for Energy Research & Social Science and has published a number of articles and book chapters on energy security, hydropower in Africa, and regional trade in Africa, among other topics. She guest edited a special issue on Renewable Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa: Contributions from the Social Sciences (Energy Research & Social Science, Feb. 2015).  In 2015-16, Dr. Hancock was Visiting Researcher at Freie Universität Berlin.  She coordinates an international group of scholars and practitioners working on the international political economy of regionalism, resources and energy.

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NREP applies a unique multidisciplinary social science lens to natural resources and energy issues, teaching a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, with a strong focus on original research, critical thinking, and written and oral communication.

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