Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Kate Konschnik

Director, Climate and Energy Program


Kate Konschnik directs the Climate & Energy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, and is a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School. Konschnik's work focuses on options for public electric utility regulation and electricity market reforms given emerging technologies and de-carbonization goals. Konschnik has also worked extensively on effective governance of unconventional oil and gas production and transport.

Konschnik joined Duke from Harvard Law School, where she founded and directed the Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative and taught as a Lecturer on Law. Previously, Konschnik was Chief Environmental Counsel to U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and a Environmental Enforcement Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Konschnik holds a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, cum laude, and a bachelor's degree in political science from Tufts University.

Kate recommends:

"History’s Largest Mining Operation is About to Begin" by Wil S. Hylton in the Atlantic Monthly (Jan/Feb 2020 issue). It chronicles the launch of underwater mining programs and drives home the impact humans continue to have on this planet, from the outer reaches of our atmosphere to the dark depths of the sea. For a beautiful, haunting, complicated look at an Algerian family who sides with the French in the Algerian war of independence, The Art of Losing by Alice Zeniter. For a short break from it all, nine year old Nandi Bushell covering Nirvana’s In Bloom on the drums.