Solomon Hsiang combines data with mathematical models to understand how society and the environment influence one another. In particular, he focuses on how policy can encourage economic development while managing global climate change, how natural disasters impact societies and the effectiveness of policy responses, and how environmental conditions influence social instability and violence.
Hsiang was a postdoctoral fellow in applied econometrics at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a postdoctoral fellow in science, technology and environmental policy at Princeton University. He is a faculty research fellow at NBER and served as a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Hsiang earned a bachelor's degree in earth, atmospheric and planetary science and a bachelor of science in urban studies and planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his PhD in sustainable development at Columbia University.