Former Wall Street Journal environment editor selected as Scholar-in-Residence

Jeffrey Ball will visit campus Oct. 28 through Nov. 1 to discuss the global race for cleaner energy.

Oct 18, 2013

Delaware Valley College is hosting Jeffrey Ball, a former Wall Street Journal environment editor, an award-winning energy and environment writer, and a current Stanford University scholar-in-residence Oct. 28 through Nov. 1.

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, Ball will present, “Power Grab: Sharp Fights and Hard Lessons in the Global Race for Cleaner Energy,” from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Mandell 114. The presentation is open to the public. Advanced registration is not required.

During his visit, he will also be visiting classrooms and meeting with student leaders.

At Stanford, Ball continues to write broadly about energy and the environment; his writing has appeared in such publications as Foreign Affairs and Slate. He is leading a Stanford project exploring ways countries such as China and the U.S. might scale up cleaner energy in more economically efficient ways if each played more strategically to its competitive strengths.  His research focuses on the race to corner the clean energy market, and the implications of that race for the consumers and the planet.

Before joining Stanford in 2011, he worked for The Wall Street Journal for 14 years, covering topics such as:
the economic impact of changing the way the world consumes fossil fuels, the auto industry, and the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Ball is currently a member of the Journal’s panel of energy experts who regularly contribute commentary on energy issues on He graduated from Yale University and has appeared on PBS, NPR, CNN and the BBC, among other networks.

The College’s Precarious Alliance symposia series is hosting Ball, a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, as one of the educational events leading up to its April 2014 symposium on energy.

The Precarious Alliance was launched in 2010 by College President Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan as a forum for sharing interdisciplinary perspectives, encouraging civil dialogue, and proposing solutions to the most important problems of our time. The series examines a different issue with each event.

The next symposium in the series, “The Precarious Alliance: Energy in Transition,” will be held April 3-4 and will bring together academics, educators, business leaders, policymakers, environmental advocates, planners, engineers, attorneys, and others from around the world to discuss and debate current energy-related issues.

“We are honored to have Jeffrey Ball coming to our campus to discuss cleaner energy,” said Dr. Tanya Casas, co-chair of the College’s Precarious Alliance Steering Committee. “We’re really hoping this presentation will get people on campus and in the community talking about better ways of powering our lives, and to start a conversation that we can keep going at our April 2014 symposium on energy.”

To learn more about The Precarious Alliance series visit: