Political Science Professor Carol Hager and Nicole Hamagami '16 presented a co-authored paper titled "Local Energy Transitions in Germany and Japan in a Changing National Policy Environment" at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in San Francisco, held in September.
Nicole was a participant in the 2015 360° "Climate Change: Science and Politics," taught by Hager, Professor of Geology Don Barber, and Professor of Philosophy Bob Dostal. Her work on the current project started with her research paper for Hager's 360° class, "Global Politics of Climate Change."
Hager and Nicole met informally over the next year and a half in order to develop their joint project—which they hope to place in a leading academic journal as part of a special issue—titled "Putting the Brakes on Energy Transitions Worldwide," which was also the title of the APSA panel Hager chaired.
"Nicole wrote the Japanese case study for the paper," explains Hager. "It is very rare for an undergraduate or recent grad to present work at this professional conference. It's also very rare for someone who is not a political science major to present. I got a lot of positive feedback, from both our fellow panelists and from the audience, about Nicole's presentation. She was the star of the panel."
Nicole majored in biology at Bryn Mawr. She is currently working as a research specialist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania.