Jennifer Sklarew

Jennifer Sklarew, Assistant Professor (Term)
Ph.D., George Mason University, Public Policy
M.A., Johns Hopkins University, International Economics and Japan Studies

Research Focus: energy and environmental policymaking; institutional analysis; energy transitions; food-energy-water nexus

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Office: DK 3019

Phone: (703) 993-2012

Dr. Jennifer Sklarew brings 25 years of energy and environmental policymaking and analysis to her research and teaching. Dr. Sklarew coordinates ESP’s MS Concentration in Energy and Sustainability Policy and Science, which she developed. She also teaches graduate and undergraduate energy policy and food-energy-water nexus courses she developed for ESP.

Her published and funded work examines how institutional relationships and catastrophic events drive energy and environmental policymaking and change. Specific areas of focus for her qualitative research include sustainability and resilience challenges in the energy-water nexus, solutions that leverage energy-water interdependencies, and energy system transitions in Japan, India, and China.  Dr. Sklarew currently leads two projects. The first is to design, build and deploy hydropower micro-turbines on Mason’s Fairfax campus and analyze technological, ecological, geographical, socio-economic and institutional challenges. Her faculty-student team will use this data to develop potential solutions and lessons learned, to which they will add as they conduct additional pilots in overseas communities facing severe energy and water insecurity. The second project, a collaboration with faculty in food/nutrition and engineering, involves research on food, energy, water and climate challenges facing low income, rural communities. Through needs assessments, the project enables collaboration with communities to determine their food, energy and water needs and develop potential solutions.

Dr. Sklarew’s prior professional experience spans the public and private sectors.  She has served as the sector expert for a FEMA-funded project on protection of U.S. electricity infrastructure, and she represented Mason on Arlington County’s Community Energy Plan Implementation Review Committee. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Sklarew served in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Japan, where she led her office’s work on Japanese electricity and gas deregulation, as well as the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate.  Prior to entering the government, Dr. Sklarew worked as a DC-based energy policy consultant to Japanese utility companies, and as a policy analyst for the Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former rapporteur for the Council’s Energy Security Group, Dr. Sklarew received her Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University, her MA from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and her BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Sklarew’s published work appears in Energy Research & Social ScienceForesight and STI Governance, Renewable Energy Law and Policy ReviewThe CIP Report, and The Washington Post.  Forthcoming publications include a book chapter on institutional factors in the Flint water crisis.