Jessica Green

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
BA, Brown University, 1998 MPA, Columbia University, 2002 PhD, Princeton University, 2010

Office Address: 285 Mercer Street, Room 905 New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-992-7366
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Areas of Research/Interest:
transnational regulation, international environmental law, global governance and regime complexity; recent work focuses on the politics of standard-setting in the climate change regime

Jessica F. Green is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She is the author of Rethinking Private Authority: Agents and Entrepreneurs in Global Environmental Governance. Published in 2014 by Princeton University Press, it has received awards from the International Studies Association and the American Political Science Association for the best book in environmental politics and policy, as well as the Levine Prize for its contribution to public policy and administration. She has published in journals including International Organization, Global Environmental Politics, and Governance. She also contributes to the Monkey Cage, a political science blog published by the Washington Post. Before entering the academy, she was a policy analyst at United Nations University in Tokyo and New York.

Winner, 2015 International Studies Association Harold and Margaret Sprout Award for best book in environmental politics (Rethinking Private Authority). Winner, 2015 American Political Science Association Lynton Keith Caldwell Award for best book on environmental politics and policy (Rethinking Private Authority). Winner, 2015 International Political Science Association Charles Levine Prize for best book in public policy and administration Jean Monnet Post-Doctoral Fellowship, European University Institute, AY 2012-13. APSA Virginia Walsh Award for Best Dissertation in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy, 2011.


  • Rethinking Private Authority: Agents and Entrepreneurs in Global Environmental Governance. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 2014.
  • “Organizational Ecology and Institutional Change in Global Governance.” Forthcoming. International Organization. With Kenneth W. Abbott and Robert O. Keohane.
  • “The Strength of Weakness: Pseudo-Clubs in the Climate Regime.” Forthcoming. Climatic Change. 
  • “A balance of 'bottom-up' and 'top-down' in linking climate policies.” Nature Climate Change. 12(4):1064-67. With Thomas Sterner and Gernot Wagner. (2014)
  • “Order out of Chaos: Public and Private Rules for Managing Carbon.” Global Environmental Politics 12(3): 1-27. (2013)
  • “Protecting Sovereignty, Protecting the Planet: State Delegation to International Organizations and Private Actors in Environmental Politics.” With Jeff Colgan. Governance 26(3): 473–497. (2013)
  • “Private Standards in the Climate Regime: The Greenhouse Gas Protocol." Business and Politics 12(3). (2010)
  • “Delegation and accountability in the Clean Development Mechanism: The new authority of non-state actors.” Journal of International Law and International Relations 4, (3): 21-55. (2010)
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