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Hanna Breetz

Hanna Breetz

Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures


School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures


Hanna Breetz is a political scientist who studies the political economy of alternative energy, focusing on biofuels and synthetic fuels. Her research investigates both the drivers of alternative energy policy - including the role of interest groups, decision-making institutions, and information about science and technology - as well as the impact of energy policy on innovation and technological change.


  • PhD, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013
  • BA, Government, Dartmouth College, 2002


Journal Articles


Janssen, M. A., J. M. Anderies, A. Baeza-Castro, H. L. Breetz, T. Jasinski, H. C. Shin and S. Vallury. 2019. Highways as coupled infrastructure systems: An integrated approach to address sustainability challenges. Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure DOI: 10.1080/23789689.2019.1708181. (link )


Stokes, L. C. and H. L. Breetz. 2018. Politics in the U.S. energy transition: Case studies of solar, wind, biofuels and electric vehicles policy. Energy Policy 113(Feb):76-86. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2017.10.057. (link )


Breetz, H. L. 2017. Editorial: Political-industrial ecology: Integrative, complementary, and critical approaches. Geoforum 85(Oct):392-395. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2016.11.011. (link )

Breetz, H. L. 2017. Regulating carbon emissions from indirect land use change (ILUC): U.S. and California case studies. Environmental Science & Policy 77(Nov):25-31. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2017.07.016. (link )

Cloutier, S., A. Karner, H. L. Breetz, P. Toufani, N. C. Onat, S. Patel, S. N. Paralkar, E. Berejnoi, B. Morrison, J. T. Papenfuss, A. D. Briggs and C. Carlson. 2017. Measures of a sustainable commute as a predictor of happiness. Sustainability 9(7):1214. DOI: 10.3390/su9071214. (link )


Andres, R. B. and H. L. Breetz. 2011. Small nuclear reactors for military installations: Capabilities, costs, and technological implications. Strategic Forum 262:1-11. (link )


Breetz, H. L. and K. Fisher-Vanden. 2007. Does cost-share replicate water quality trading projects? Implications for a possible partnership. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 29(2):201-215. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9353.2007.00338.x. (link )


Breetz, H. L., K. Fisher-Vanden, H. Jacobs and C. Schary. 2005. Trust and communication: Mechanisms for increasing farmers' participation in water quality trading. Land Economics 81(2):170-190. (link )

Book Chapters


Breetz, H. L. 2015. Science, values, and the political framing of indirect land use change (ILUC). Pp. 95-122 In: Town, W. G. and J. N. Currano eds., Science and the Law: How the Communication of Science Affects Policy Development in the Environment, Food, Health, and Transport Sectors. Vol 1207. American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/bk-2015-1207.ch007. ISBN: 9780841231085. (link )



Narayanamurti, V., L. Diaz Anadon, H. L. Breetz, M. Bunn, H. Lee and E. Miekle. 2011. Transforming the Energy Economy: Options for Accelerating the Commercialization of Advanced Energy Technologies. Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School. (link )


Breetz, H. L., K. Fisher-Vanden, L. Garzon, H. Jacobs, K. Kroetz and R. Terry. 2004. Water Quality Trading and Offset Initiatives in the U.S.: A Comprehensive Survey. Dartmouth College. (link )