Expertise: China, Chinese energy and climate policy
Melanie Hart is a Director for Chinese Energy and Climate Policy at American Progress. She focuses on China’s science and technology development policies for energy innovation as well as its domestic energy efficiency program, environmental regulatory regime, and domestic and international responses to global climate change.
Before joining American Progress, Melanie was a project consultant for the Aspen Institute. She also worked on Qualcomm’s Asia Pacific business development team, where she provided technology market and regulatory analysis to guide Qualcomm operations in Greater China. She has worked on Chinese domestic and foreign policy issues for The Scowcroft Group and the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, and as a Chinese-English translator for Caijing Magazine in Beijing.
Melanie has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego. Her doctoral work focused on China’s environmental regulatory regime and local-level policy enforcement challenges. She studied Chinese at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing and has a B.A. in international studies from Texas A&M University.