Jonas Nahm

Jonas Nahm

Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources, and Environment
Energy, Resources and Environment

1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW | Office 430
Washington, DC 20036


  • China
  • Germany
  • Disruptive Innovation
  • Economic Development
  • Globalization
  • Energy Issues
  • Environmental Issues
  • Newly Industrialized Countries
  • Political Economy & Development
  • Privatization and Private Sector Development
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • German

Background and Education

Jonas Nahm is Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources, and Environment at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Jonas studies the political economy of development and industrial upgrading in green industries, the politics of innovation, and the political economy of the energy sector. In addition to China – his primary focus for the exploration of these themes – Jonas’ research draws on cases in Germany and the United States. His current book project “Varieties of Innovation: The Creation of Wind and Solar Industries in China, Germany, and the United States” examines the mechanisms through which distinct patterns of innovation have emerged in renewable energy sectors in each of these locations. A new research project investigates the politics of greening the auto sector in China, Germany, and the United States.
Before joining the faculty, Jonas was a Postdoctoral Fellow for International and Public Affairs at the Watson Institute at Brown University. He holds a PhD in Political Science from MIT. 


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Recent Publications

Jonas Meckling and Jonas Nahm. 2018. "When do States Disrupt Industries? Electric Cars and the Politics of Innovation." Review of International Political Economy. (Forthcoming).

Jonas Meckling and Jonas Nahm. 2018. "The Power of Process: State Capacity and Climate Policy." Governance (Forthcoming).

Jonas Nahm. 2017. “Renewable Futures and Industrial Legacies: Wind and Solar Sectors in China, Germany, and the United States.” Business and Politics 19 (1). 
Jonas Nahm. 2017. “Exploiting the Implementation Gap: Policy Divergence and Industrial Upgrading in China’s Wind and Solar Sectors.” The China Quarterly231: 705-727.
Genia Kostka and Jonas Nahm. 2017.“Central–Local Relations: Recentralization and Environmental Governance in China.” The China Quarterly 231: 567-582
Jonas Nahm and Edward S. Steinfeld. 2014. “Scale-Up Nation:  China’s Specialization in Innovative Manufacturing.” World Development 54: 288-300.
Jonas Nahm and Edward S. Steinfeld. 2014. “The Role of Innovative Manufacturing in High-Tech Product Development: Evidence from China’s Renewable Energy Sector” in Production in the Innovation Economy, edited by Richard Locke and Rachel Wellhausen. Cambrige, MA: MIT Press. 

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