Gernot Wagner

Gernot Wagner

Ph.D. Political Economy and Government 2007
Clinical Associate Professor at New York University
Gernot Wagner

Gernot Wagner is a clinical associate professor at New York University’s Department of Environmental Studies and associated clinical professor at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. He writes the Risky Climate column for Bloomberg Green.

Prior to joining NYU, Gernot was the founding executive director of Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program (2016 – 2019), a research associate at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and a lecturer on Environmental Science and Public Policy at Harvard.

He wrote Climate Shock, joint with Harvard’s Martin Weitzman and published by Princeton University Press (2015, paperback 2016), among others, a Top 15 Financial Times McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2015, and Austria’s Natural Science Book of the Year 2017; and But will the planet notice?, published by Hill & Wang/Farrar Strauss & Giroux (2011, paperback 2012).

Prior to Harvard, Gernot served as economist at the Environment Defense Fund (2008 – 2016), most recently as lead senior economist (2014 – 2016) and member of its Leadership Council (2015 – 2016). He also taught energy economics as adjunct associate professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (2011 – 2015).

He holds a joint bachelor’s magna cum laude with highest honors in environmental science, public policy, and economics, and a master’s and Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard, as well as a master’s in economics from Stanford.

Gernot lives in New York, NY, with his wife, Siripanth Nippita, a gynecologist and the director of the Division of Family Planning at New York University, and their two young children.


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