Jay Hakes
Presidential and Energy Historian
The 2035 Initiative
Lecture Hall 1010, Henley Hall
jay hakes


An expert on U.S. energy policy, Jay Hakes has a long history of working on
energy issues, including as Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information
Administration during the Clinton administration and as Director for Research and
Policy for President Obama’s BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Commission. He also
served for thirteen years as the Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.
Hakes is the author of numerous articles and the 2008 book A Declaration of
Energy Independence: How Freedom from Foreign Oil Can Improve National
Security, Our Economy, and the Environment. His new book (April 2021) is Energy
Crises: Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Tough Choices in the 1970s. His next book
(expected 2024) deals with the origins of the climate change debate in America.