Sonja Thielges

Research Associate
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IASS Project

  • Global Energy Transition

Research Interests

  • G20 Energy Agenda
  • International Energy Transitions
  • International Energy and Climate Policy
  • U.S. Energy and Climate Policy
  • Political Communication

Curriculum Vitae

  • 05/2011-12/2015 Foreign Policy Consultancy, Americas Division, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin
  • 09/2014-11/2014 Visiting Researcher, Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, University of Michigan
  • 07/2011-12/2011 Project Assistant “Transatlantic Urban Climate Dialogue”, Environmental Policy Research Center (FFU), Freie Universität Berlin
  • 06/2011 M.A. North American Studies, Political Science, Modern History, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 08/2006-07/2007 Graduate Fellow, Department of Political Science, Indiana University Bloomington

Selected Publications prior to joining the IASS

Selected Lectures and Speeches

  • Presentation “Grasping Energy Independence: Obamas Energie- und Klimapolitik”, Summer School Technical University of Kaiserslautern/Atlantische Akademie Rheinland-Pfalz, August 2015
  • Presentation “The Relationship of Climate Frames and Climate Policy in the U.S. Rust Belt States”, 10th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis, Lille, July 2015
  • Presentation “Constructing Climate Change in the U.S. Rust Belt: Methodological Challenges”, 10th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis, Lille, July 2015
  • Presentation “Climate Policy Framing in the U.S. Rust Belt: The Case of Michigan”, Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), Chicago, April 2015

Honors and Awards

  • Forum Ebenhausen e.V.: Dissertation fellowship, 2014-2015
  • German Adademic Exchange Council (DAAD): Conference grant, 2015
  • German Academic Exchange Council (DAAD): Short-term dissertation fellowship for PhD candidates, 2014
  • Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana, Department of Political Science: Graduate exchange fellowship, 2006-2007


Sonja Thielges, Research Associate