Dustin Tingley
Professor of Government
Environmental Law & Policy International & Global Affairs Methane Political Economy Politics
Salata Institute Sponsored Projects
Outside professional activities


Dustin Tingley is Professor of Government in the Government Department at Harvard University. Dustin is Deputy Vice Provost for Advances in Learning. His research has spanned international relations, international political economy, climate change, causal inference, data science/machine learning, and digital education, with most focus now on the politics of climate change and energy transitions. His book on American foreign policy with Helen Milner, Sailing the Water's Edge, was published in fall 2015, and was awarded the Gladys M. Kammerer Award for the best book published in the field of U.S. national policy. His new book with Alex Gazmararian, Uncertain Futures: How to Solve the Climate Impasse, was published with Cambridge University Press. The book features the voices of those on the front lines of the energy transition -- a commissioner in Carbon County deciding whether to welcome wind, executives at energy companies searching for solutions, mayors and unions in Minnesota battling for local jobs, and fairgoers in coal country navigating their community's uncertain future. He teaches courses on the politics of climate change and the environment, data science, and international relations. In the fall of 2023 he is teaching a new course called Energy at Harvard Business School. Dustin chairs Harvard's Standing Committee on Climate Education and co-chairs the Harvard FAS Standing Committee on Public Service and Engaged Scholarship. Dustin recently co-authored a University-wide report entitled The Future of Climate Education at Harvard. He is faculty director for the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning Data Science and Technology Group (Harvard higher education data science group), and Faculty director for the Harvard Initiative on Learning and Teaching. Dustin has organized interdisciplinary conferences on causal mechanisms, climate change politics, negotiation in international relations, the intersection of causal inference and machine learning, active learning, peer learning, equitable instruction in inclusive classrooms, and teaching in the age of AI. Dustin is co-leading an effort to support younger scholars in the social sciences interested in climate change. Dustin co-founded ABLConnect (a repository for active learning pedagogy), previously served as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Harvard Government Department and faculty director of IQSS's Undergraduate Research Scholar program. He received a PhD in Politics from Princeton and BA from the University of Rochester.
The Energy Transition
Politics of Climate Change
International Relations

Salata Institute Sponsored Projects

The Salata Institute is committed to supporting research that promises to make a real-world impact on the climate crisis. The Climate Research Clusters Program and Seed Grant Program deliver on this commitment by funding new and interdisciplinary climate research that address the many dimensions of the climate challenge.

Climate Research Cluster: Strengthening Communities
Climate Research Cluster: Initiative to Reduce Methane Emissions
Seed Grant: Communicating benefits of climate action

Outside professional activities

Outside Professional Activities

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Outside Professional Activities For Dustin Tingley
NSF funded graduate level teaching program
Research or teaching appointment

The Salata institute

The Salata Institute supports interdisciplinary research that leads to real-world action, including high-risk/high-reward projects by researchers already working in the climate area and new endeavors that make it easier for Harvard scholars, who have not worked on climate problems, to do so.