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Melanie Hart

Director, China Policy

Expertise: China, Chinese energy and climate policy

Melanie Hart is the Director of China 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, Hart 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.

Hart 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.