Dr. Leah Nichols
Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences
Office of the Assistant Director
Class of 2012
Leah Nichols is a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow assigned to the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation. Prior to her current fellowship, Leah completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. Her primary academic research focuses on characterizing the role of universities in the innovation ecosystem. She is particularly interested in non-commercial mechanisms of technology transfer as a means of distributing knowledge and technology to benefit public policy and other social interests. Leah received her BS in environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her PhD in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley. She was also a 2009 Christine Mirzayan Science Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences, where she worked with the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy.