Caroline White-Nockleby, Research Assistant

Caroline is a PhD candidate in MIT’s doctoral program in History; Anthropology; and Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS). She studies emerging local and regional policy debates about energy transitions in Chile and California, focusing on discussions around green hydrogen and lithium-ion batteries. She is a research assistant with ESI’s Mining, Environment, and Society program and previously worked with ESI’s Natural Climate Solutions program, Here & Real program, and Rapid Response Group. She is a 2023-24 fellow with the Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability and sits on MIT’s Net Zero by 2026 Faculty Review Committee.

Caroline’s research has been published in the journals Social Studies of Science and Wetlands, as well as in white paper series published by the ESI and by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Her dissertation research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council and, at MIT, the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, MIT Energy Initiative, and MIT International Science & Technology Initiatives.

She holds a B.A. in Geosciences and American Studies from Williams College, an M.Phil in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, and an M.S. from MIT’s HASTS program. She was also a 2018 Fulbright Scholar in Chile.