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Jeffrey Ball


Jeffrey Ball, a writer on energy and the environment, is scholar-in-residence at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. He also is a lecturer at Stanford Law School.

At the center, a joint initiative of Stanford’s law and business schools, Ball heads a project exploring how China and the U.S. might deploy cleaner energy more efficiently if each one played to its economic strengths. The project focuses on the solar industry.

Ball writes regularly for a variety of publications. His stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Fortune, The New Republic, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, and Slate, among other places. He came to Stanford in 2011 from The Wall Street Journal, where he was the environment editor, and before that was a columnist and a reporter. During the nearly 15 years he spent at The Journal, he spent more than a decade, based in the paper’s Detroit and Dallas bureaus, writing about energy and the environment.

Ball won the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ top energy-writing prize in 2015 for a Fortune piece he wrote on Mexico’s energy reform. Ball contributes commentary about energy issues on as a member of The Experts, a panel of energy experts chosen by The Journal. He also helps plan and moderate ECO:nomics, The Journal’s annual conference on energy and the environment, which he helped create. He speaks frequently about writing and about energy and environmental issues, including on college campuses as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. He has appeared such networks as PBS, NPR, CNN and the BBC.

Ball graduated from Yale University, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News. He and his wife are the resident fellows of Roble Hall, a Stanford undergraduate house, where they live with their two daughters and their dog.

Follow Ball on Twitter at @jeff_ball.


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