April 3, 2020


David Hart, SPPWelcome to my personal home page. I’m a professor and director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy 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 served as a discussant on “Running to Stand Still: Rapidly Emerging Technologies and the Challenge of Requisite Knowledge in Public Agencies,” at the APPAM fall research conference, Denver, November 9, 2019.

I presented to the National Academies panel on “Science and Innovation Leadership for the 21st Century,” October 24, 2019.

I participated in a plenary session on “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Whose Opportunity? Whose Threat?,” at the Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy, October 14, 2019.

I presented “Innovation Mercantilism in Clean Energy,” at the Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy, October 14, 2019.

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 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:

“Less Certain than Death: Using Tax Incentives to Drive Clean Energy Innovation,” ITIF report with Elizabeth Noll, December 2, 2019 (link).

“Pay Attention to the Other Paris Climate Agreement,” ITIF Innovation Files, November 27, 2019 (link).

“Why a Measured Transition to Electric Vehicles Would Benefit the US,” The Conversation, November 26, 2019 (link).

Response to Request for Information submitted to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, November 22, 2019 (link).

“China’s Impact on the Solar Industry: Lessons for the Future of Clean Energy,” discussion of Greg Nemet’s How Solar Energy Became Cheap, October 30, 2019 (link).

Panelist on carbon pricing at The Breakthrough Institute’s fall East Coast retreat, September 23, 2019, released on the Neoliberal Podcast (link).

The Global Energy Innovation Index: National Contributions to the Global Clean Energy Innovation System,” ITIF report, August 26, 2019 (link).

“Two Tools for Two Jobs: Carbon Taxes and Energy Technology Tax Incentives,” ITIF briefing, July 3, 2019 (link).

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.