Visiting Scholars Program

SUPPORTING COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH AT PENN. Our visiting scholars program brings distinguished academics and renowned thought leaders to Penn to collaborate on research. We welcome national and international scholars in the fields of energy policy or energy technology.


Program Overview

Visitors are nominated by Penn faculty or Penn academic departments—or are invited directly by the Kleinman Center.

We provide a stipend for the visitor's time, travel, and other expenses incurred during the weeklong visit. We also provide an office housed within the center, located in the iconic Fisher Fine Arts Library. 

Visitors participate in programming organized and designed by the nominating faculty member, the department, or the Kleinman Center, and are invited to submit a policy digest on an pre-approved topic. 

Each year, early in the spring, we invite nominations from University of Pennsylvania faculty, departments, or centers. To nominate a visiting scholar, please return to this page in the spring, or subscribe to our mailing list for timely details and information.

For more information, contact Angela Pachon at

Our Visiting Scholars

Meet our incoming scholars for the 2017-2018 academic school year:


November 6-10, 2017
Ari Peskoe is the Senior Fellow in Electricity Law at the Harvard Law School Environmental Law Program Policy Initiative. He has written extensively about electricity regulation, on issues ranging from electric vehicles to Constitutional challenges to states’ energy laws. Prior to the Policy Initiative, Ari was an associate at a law firm in Washington, D.C. where he litigated before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about the Western Energy Crisis. Before that, Ari was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana and spent two years trying to bring the 2012 Olympics to New York. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in electrical engineering and business.




November 13-18, 2017
Dr. Radhika Khosla is a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in India. She works on the integrated nature of India’s energy sector to examine the linkages between energy, development and climate change, particularly in urban areas. She also focuses on the demand-side of Indian energy, with attention to the technological, institutional and behavioral aspects of energy use and its lock-in to a rapidly growing built environment. In addition, her work examines the analytic and strategic dimensions of India’s energy and climate policies. Radhika is a Visiting Scholar at MIT’s Energy Initiative and her other appointments include the India Fellow for the India Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of Oxford. She was Staff Scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York, where she led research and implementation on building energy policies in Indian states. Radhika holds a PhD in the Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate and master’s degrees in Physics from the University of Oxford.


January 29-February 2, 2018
Jesse Jenkins is a PhD candidate in Engineering Systems at MIT's Institute for Data Systems and Society and a researcher with the MIT Energy Initiative. He earned a S.M. in Technology & Policy at MIT in 2014 and previously directed the Energy and Climate Program at the Breakthrough Institute, a public policy think tank. He has published peer-reviewed papers in the journals Applied Energy, The Energy Journal, Energy Policy, and WIREs: Climate Change. His research and writing has been featured in invited testimony before the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and in major media outlets. Jesse has received fellowships from the National Science Foundation, MIT Energy Initiative, and Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability and serves as co-president of MIT’s Electricity Students Research Group.