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Michael Ratner

Adjunct Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment


Michael Ratner is a Specialist in Energy Policy at Congressional Research Service (CRS), focusing on natural gas and oil markets, as well as other energy and infrastructure issues. He uses his industry experience to provide Members of Congress a realistic view of policy and the effects policy will have on industry and society writ large. Since joining CRS, Mr. Ratner has carved out natural gas as a specialty and developed natural gas as a separate area of research. He has written over 40 policy reports and answered more than 2,000 congressional inquiries. Prior to joining CRS, Mr. Ratner was a senior energy analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, specializing in global natural gas issues. In this capacity, Mr. Ratner provided senior government officials, including the President of the United States and other cabinet-level officials, strategic and tactical analysis of the global energy sector.

Mr. Ratner has a Master’s of Science in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines, a Masters of Arts in International Economics and U.S. Foreign Policy from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Columbia University.