RFF Introduces Six New University Fellows

The university fellows will join a program designed to establish close working relationships between Resources for the Future and outstanding scholars in the academic community.


Oct. 3, 2023

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Resources for the Future (RFF) is pleased to announce that six scholars will now be affiliated with the organization as university fellows.

RFF’s university fellows program is designed to establish close working relationships between RFF and outstanding scholars in the academic community. Currently, RFF is home to more than 30 university fellows that hold positions at well-regarded institutions around the world.

The new university fellows are Sanya Carley from the University of Pennsylvania; Hannah Druckenmiller (who previously served as an RFF fellow) from the California Institute of Technology; Julia Haggerty from Montana State University; Jennifer A. Hillman from Georgetown University; Carlos Martín from Harvard University; and Lala Ma from the University of Kentucky.

“We’re lucky to have these distinguished academics join the team as university fellows,” said RFF President and CEO Richard G. Newell. “The whole university fellow network is an incredibly important way to share ideas and support research collaborations. By signing on, they’ve made the network all that much deeper. I can speak for the whole RFF community when I say that we’re looking forward to working with them and learning from their ideas and perspectives.”

Sanya Carley is the faculty codirector of the University of Pennsylvania’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy and the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Energy Policy and City Planning at the university’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design. Her work focuses on energy justice, the energy transition, energy insecurity, electricity and transportation markets, and more. Before coming to the University of Pennsylvania, she worked at Indiana University and as a consultant for the World Bank.

Hannah Druckenmiller is an assistant professor of economics at the California Institute of Technology. She analyses the environmental benefits and economic costs associated with natural resource protection. As a fellow at RFF between 2021 and 2023, Druckenmiller conducted research on the flood mitigation value of wetlands, weather variability, environmental justice, and more.

Julia Haggerty is an associate professor of geography at Montana State University. She directs Montana State’s Resources and Communities Research Group, which brings both critical and applied perspectives to socioeconomic, infrastructure, and resource development challenges in local communities. From 2007 to 2013, Haggerty was a policy analyst at Headwaters Economics.

Jennifer A. Hillman is a professor of practice at the Georgetown Law Center and a codirector of its Center on Inclusive Trade and Development. Her research is centered on international trade law and the World Trade Organization (WTO), and she has extensively researched ways trade and trade policy can be used to fight climate change. Before her tenure at Georgetown, she served on the WTO’s Appellate Body, at the United States International Trade Commission, and at the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Carlos Martín is the director of the Remodeling Futures Program at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. He has over 25 years of experience researching housing technology and quality, with a focus on climate adaptation, housing decarbonization, and environmental justice. He has worked at the Brookings Institution, Urban Institute, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Arizona State University. He has served on numerous committees for the National Academies and federal government, along with foundation and nonprofit boards.

Lala Ma is an associate professor of economics at the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. She researches the inequitable distribution of pollution, the values housing markets place on environmental quality, and the relationship between environmental quality and health. Her work also covers brownfield remediation, flood risk, and shale gas development.

University fellowships are extended by invitation only. Learn more about all of RFF’s university fellows. For more information, please email RFF Vice President for Research and Policy Engagement, Billy Pizer, at [email protected].

Resources for the Future (RFF) is an independent, nonprofit research institution in Washington, DC. Its mission is to improve environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement. RFF is committed to being the most widely trusted source of research insights and policy solutions leading to a healthy environment and a thriving economy.

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