January 18, 2022


David Hart, SPPWelcome to my personal home page. I’m a professor at George Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government.   I have two overlapping areas of specialization. One is technology, science, and innovation policy. I’m interested in the sources and implications of discoveries and inventions of all sorts, past and present. The other area is governance, at the regional, national, and global levels. I want to understand the processes by which policy-makers decide what to do. The two areas come together as I seek to comprehend how states, markets, individuals, and social groups interact to produce decisions about important new technological capabilities.

On this site, you’ll find information about my teaching, publications, research interests, and service activities.  You can find my full c.v. here and my short bio here.  I welcome contacts from scholars, students, and policy practitioners.  You can follow me on Twitter @ProfDavidHart.

What’s New:

I was featured in Robert F. Service, “’Big Step Forward.’ Energy Expert Analyzes the New U.S. Infrastructure Bill,” Science, August 11, 2021.

I serve as a senior fellow with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) where I lead the team on clean energy innovation.  Recent work with ITIF includes:

Clean and Competitive: Opportunities for U.S. Manufacturing Leadership in the Global Low-Carbon Economy,” June 21, 2021.

Building Back Cleaner With Industrial Decarbonization Demonstration Projects,” March 8, 2021.

“The Impact of China’s Production Surge on Innovation in the Global Solar Photovoltaics Industry,” October 5, 2020 (link).

“Gene Editing for the Climate: Biological Solutions for Curbing Greenhouse Emissions,” (with Val Giddings and Rob Rozansky), September 14, 2020 (link)

“More and Better: Building and Managing a Federal Energy Demonstration Project Portfolio” (with Robert Rozansky), May 18, 2020 (link).

“Mind the Gap: A Design for a New Energy Technology Commercialization Foundation” (with Jetta L. Wong), May 11, 2020 (link).

I co-authored Energizing America: A Roadmap to Launch a National Energy Innovation Mission (Columbia University Center for Global Energy Policy) with Varun Sivaram, Colin Cunliff, Julio Friedmann, and David Sandalow, September 2020.

I’m co-organizing a monthly webinar series on industrial policy for the Industry Studies Association in fall 2021.

My commentary “Oases in the Valley of Death,” appeared in Nature Energy on September 21, 2020 (link).

I helped organize a two-week-long virtual workshop on Enhancing Federal Clean Energy Innovation Policy hosted by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, July 27 – August 7, 2020.

I testified at a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on “Energy Innovation,” July 25, 2019 (link).

I presented “Stranded Assets in the Transition from ICEVs to EVs? Prospects for Labor Displacement in the Auto Manufacturing Industry” at the 2019 Industry Studies Conference in Nashville on June 1, 2019.

My paper with Varun Sivaram and John Dabiri on technological lock-in in clean energy was published in Joule.

My paper on the Obama administration’s technology demonstration projects was published in Energy Policy.

I serve as co-chair of the Innovation Policy Forum of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The Forum acts as a focal point for a national and international dialogue on innovation policy.

In August 2012, I completed a year of service to the nation as assistant director for innovation policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  My work for the Administration focused on advanced manufacturing policy, including the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (now Manufacturing USA)  and the Additive Manufacturing Pilot (now America Makes), based in Youngstown OH.   Bipartisan legislation that permanently authorized Manufacturing USA was passed in December 2014.