P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Kyle Meng, 2008

Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics, UC-Santa Barbara

Kyle Meng is an immigrant from China

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Sustainable Development at Columbia University

KYLE MENG is an assistant professor of environmental economics at UC-Santa Barbara. He recieved his PhD in sustainable development at Columbia University.

Kyle was born in China and joined his parents in the US in 1989. He and his parents are naturalized US citizens. The family resides in Millwood, New York.

Kyle received his bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from Princeton University in 2005, graduating with honors in his major and receiving at graduation a prize for the best thesis in the School of Engineering. He also received certificates in music performance and environmental studies. His intention is to develop an expertise in environmental economics especially as applied to climate change policy in China and other rapidly developing countries. Two extended periods conducting research in China, including a year as Princeton University's prestigious Martin Dale Fellow, prepared Kyle to make a specialty of the climate implications to China's unprecedented modernization.

Kyle was a research fellow at Environmental Defense Fund, where he worked on advancing climate policy in China and the US as well as participating in the international climate negotiations process.

Kyle intends a career that permits him to have a positive contribution towards solving climate change. While his disciplinary home will be in economics, Kyle will continue to pursue the multidisciplinary intersection of science, policy, and law as it is relevant to climate change.


  • PhD Sustainable Development | Columbia University 2012
  • BS Civil & Environmental Engineering | Princeton University 2005
Work History
  • UC-Santa Barbara, Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics
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