Associate Professor, Columbia University
February 2013: With the village elder of Chhitepur in Uttar Pradesh, India. June 2013: Solar lighting in a marketplace in Patna, Bihar, India.

Death finds me when death will. Meanwhile there is work to be done. — John Francis

I am Associate Professor (untenured) of Political Science at Columbia University. My research focuses on environmental policy, energy poverty, and international cooperation and institutions. This website contains information on my academic and policy research, as well as a blog that focuses mostly on clean energy and climate change.

The goal of my research is to find effective solutions to the crisis of sustainability at the global, national, and local levels. Humanity has access to a variety of techno-economic solutions that would allow all living beings to live a fulfilling life for millennia to come. However, our political institutions have been unable to stop the destruction of life on the planet.

My research focuses on developing and testing practical, transformative, and politically feasible solutions to our greatest problems. I work with companies, governments, non-governmental organizations, and social movements. If you are interested in joining the effort, please write to me so that we can get to work!