Joanna I. Lewis

Joanna I. Lewis
Associate Professor of Science, Technology and International Affairs
Georgetown University

Joanna Lewis is Associate Professor of Science, Technology and International Affairs at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Faculty Affiliate in the China Energy Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She is an adviser to multiple foundations, governmental and non-governmental organizations working on energy and climate issues in China and was a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report.

Dr. Lewis has conducted research in China on energy technology and innovation and climate change policy for almost two decades. She is currently leading a National Science Foundation-funded project on International Partnerships and Technological Leapfrogging in China's Clean Energy Sector. Her recent book, Green Innovation in China was awarded the 2014 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award by the International Studies Association. She has worked for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, the Asia Society and the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and has been a visiting scholar at Tsinghua University, the Wilson Center and the East-West Center. She holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University.

Recent Events and Presentations

November 7, 2018

As the auto industry shifts toward electric vehicles and the electricity grid draws more energy from variable renewables, high-capacity, high-performance and affordable batteries are becoming one of the most important areas of technological innovation needed to reduce carbon emissions.