Rebecca Lutzy is a Ph.D. student in The Woodrow Wilson School’s Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) program. Her doctoral research focuses on the impact of Congressional politics, including political polarization, on United States federal climate and clean energy policies. Her research approach draws from political science methods for analyzing legislator preferences and from climate and energy analysis methods for incorporating energy use, production, and greenhouse gas emissions data and goals.
Among other topics, she seeks to distinguish geographic and natural resource determinants of legislator preferences from other stakeholder and interest group impacts on policymaking.
Rebecca spent May through September of 2010 as an energy and environment Policy Fellow for Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, focused on legislation considered by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. She was born and raised in New Jersey.