• Michael Greenstone
    Director, EPIC; Director, Becker Friedman Institute; The Milton Friedman Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, the College, and the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

    Michael Greenstone is the Milton Friedman Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, the College and the Harris School, as well as the Director of the Becker Friedman Institute and the interdisciplinary Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. He previously served as the Chief Economist for President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he co-led the development of the United States Government’s social cost of carbon. Greenstone also directed The Hamilton Project, which studies policies to promote economic growth, and has since joined its Advisory Council. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the Econometric Society, and a former editor of the Journal of Political Economy. Before coming to the University of Chicago, Greenstone was the 3M Professor of Environmental Economics at MIT.

    Greenstone’s research, which has influenced policy globally, is largely focused on uncovering the benefits and costs of environmental quality and society’s energy choices. His current work is particularly focused on testing innovative ways to increase energy access and improve the efficiency of environmental regulations around the world. Additionally, he is producing empirically grounded estimates of the local and global impacts of climate change as a co-director of the Climate Impact Lab. He also created the Air Quality Life Index™ that provides a measure of the gain in life expectancy communities would experience if their particulates air pollution concentrations are brought into compliance with global or national standards.

    Greenstone received a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and a BA in economics with High Honors from Swarthmore College.

    Guojun He
    Director of Research, EPIC-China; Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong

    Guojun He is an associate professor in economics and management & strategy at the University of Hong Kong. He holds a concurrent appointment at the Energy Policy Institute of University of Chicago (EPIC) and serves as the research director of its China Center (EPIC-China).

    Prof. He’s research tries to address some of the most challenging problems faced by developing countries and seeks to produce empirically-grounded estimates for optimal policy design. The majority of his work focuses on understanding the benefits and costs of environmental policies, while he also has broader research interest on development and governance issues.

    Shaoda Wang
    Liang Family Fellow; Postdoctoral Researcher (2019-2021), Department of Economics, University of Chicago; Assistant Professor (2021-), Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

    Shaoda Wang is currently a Liang Family Fellow and a postdoctoral scholar at UChicago Economics, and will join the UChicago Harris School as an assistant professor in 2021. His research interests include political economy, development economics, and environmental economics. His research aims at understanding the political economy of public policy (design, implementation, effectiveness), with a regional focus on China. Prior to Chicago, he received his BA from Peking University, and PhD from UC Berkeley.

    Sam Ori
    Executive Director, EPIC; Executive Director, Becker Friedman Institute

    Sam Ori is the Executive Director at EPIC and the Becker Friedman Institute. From 2013 to 2015, he served as Executive Vice President at Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), a Washington, DC-based organization dedicated to reducing American oil dependence in order to enhance economic and national security. From 2007 to 2013, Sam led SAFE’s policy work on a variety of topics, ranging from global oil and natural gas markets to transportation technology. Prior to joining SAFE, Sam spent four years working in the federal government at the Broadcasting Board of Governors and Department of State, including at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India.

    Lindsay Iversen
    Deputy Director, EPIC

    Lindsay Iversen is the Deputy Director at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC). Prior to joining EPIC, she was the Associate Director, Climate and Resources at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a leading foreign policy think tank, where she played a central role in CFR’s work on climate change, food security and water security. She previously served as Special Assistant to the President, Research for CFR’s president, Richard Haass. In that role, she was the lead researcher on Haass’s 2013 book, “Foreign Policy Begins at Home,” and a member of a small team leading peace negotiations in Northern Ireland. Iversen also has worked as a consultant to the agricultural development program at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and conducted research for several UK-based organizations working on conflict and development issues. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.

    Vicki Ekstrom High
    Senior Director, Communications and External Engagement, EPIC

    Vicki Ekstrom High is the Senior Director for Communications and External Engagement for EPIC. Prior to coming to the University of Chicago, Vicki created and led the media and public relations efforts for the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. She was also a speechwriter for the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson, and a Press Secretary for the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship under the chairmanships of Senators Mary Landrieu and John Kerry. Vicki started her career in Washington D.C. as the national beat reporter for the Bangor Daily News.

    Marguerite Huber
    Communications and Campus Engagement Manager, EPIC

    Marguerite Huber is the Communications and Campus Engagement Manager at EPIC. Prior to joining EPIC, Marguerite worked at American Institutes for Research, where she relayed a variety of scientific information to targeted audiences. Previously, Marguerite performed communications and outreach for the non-profit Conserve Lake County and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Management and a M.P.A. in Sustainable Development from Indiana University.

    Julio Córdova
    Multimedia & Graphic Design Manager
    Xi Lan
    Pre-doctoral Fellow

    Xi Lan is a pre-doctoral fellow at EPIC-China. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Wuhan University. She is interested in environmental economics and development economics. Right now, she is exploring how random environmental inspections affect polluting firms and how lottery-based access to car plates influences individuals’ vehicle purchase behaviors.

    Ziyi Liu
    Pre-doctoral Fellow

    Ziyi Liu is a pre-doctoral fellow at EPIC-China and is interested in political economy and statistical methods. Prior to joining EPIC, he received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Peking University. Liu’s current research is to explore how China’s new pollution forecasting technology affects pollution, firms, and individuals. Besides, he also works on the impacts of working as civil servants on individuals’ preferences and ideology in China.

    Bobing Qiu
    Pre-Doctoral Fellow

    Bobing Qiu is a pre-doctoral fellow at EPIC-China, with a research focus on political economy and environmental economics. Before joining EPIC, he obtained his B.A. with honor from Peking University. He is interested in understanding various political institutions and public policies along with their economic implications. Currently, he is working on estimating the environmental and health consequences of China’s war on pollution and explores the political economy of China’s “policy experimentation.”

    Fanyu Wang
    Pre-doctoral Fellow

    Fanyu Wang is a pre-doctoral fellow at EPIC-China. Before joining EPIC, Fanyu received her bachelor’s degree in Public Management and Economics from Xiamen University, during which she developed research interests in environmental and energy economics, and then received her master’s degree in Environmental Policy from Duke University. Her research focuses on understanding the benefits and costs of China’s environmental and energy regulations. Currently, she is working on the environmental and health impacts of the ultra-high-voltage transmission network in China.