Christa Hasenkopf, Adjunct Faculty
Christa Hasenkopf, Ph.D. is an atmospheric scientist with expertise in air quality, especially in traditionally under-studied but highly polluted regions of the world. She has passions for the power of building international scientific partnerships and the democratization of scientific data to drive policymaking.
Dr. Hasenkopf is currently a Senior American Institute of Physics State Department Science Fellow at the Department of State in the Office of Medical Services, where she is the chief advisor on air pollution to the Medical Director. Prior to this position, she was a science fellow in the Global Development Lab at USAID, where she helped build programs that support developing country scientists to perform research that seeks solutions to international development problems.
Prior to coming to D.C., Dr. Hasenkopf conducted a two-year research program on air pollution in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Her research characterized the physical and chemical nature of air pollution, as well as studied its effects on regional climate. During this time, she also served as the NSF Partner to a USAID Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research Award to a Mongolian colleague at the National University of Mongolia. With colleagues at the National University of Mongolia, she launched the first air quality instrument in Mongolia that shares data via social media.
Dr. Hasenkopf received her PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Colorado and her B.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics from Penn State. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the optical and hygroscopic properties of aerosol in planetary atmospheres. She is a former NSF International Research Fellow, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Fulbright Fellow, TEDxUlaanbaatar speaker, and corps member in Teach for America.
Dr. Hasenkopf teaches Outdoor Air Quality Management and Policy.