Michigan State University

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Moore, Sharlissa

Assistant Professor

Case Hall
842 Chestnut Rd Room S351
East Lansing, MI 48825


Ph.D., Arizona State University; Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology

Sharlissa is an Assistant Professor of International Energy Policy jointly appointed between James Madison College and the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. Her teaching and research interests focus on the social, policy, equity, and security dimensions of energy systems, particularly those that cross nation-state borders and are undergoing dramatic change. Sharlissa has written a book on sustainable development and the Desertec vision, a plan to build solar and wind power plants in North Africa and to link the electricity grid around the Mediterranean region to provide for a 90% renewable energy future for the region. She studied this plan from a regional perspective, from the perspective of the national government in Morocco, and from the perspective of citizens living in desert landscapes in Morocco. 

Sharlissa is developing research collaborations in the College of Engineering to study the social and governance aspects of emerging energy technologies. She began her career studying astronomy and physics at Smith College and, since then, has continued to work with engineers and scientists to understand the social and policy dimensions of technology. For example, she has taught courses on sustainability and macroethics for civil engineering students. She has served as the president of Student Pugwash USA, a nonprofit organization that engages science and engineering students in the societal, ethical, and policy dimensions of science and technology. She has also worked in science and technology policy in Washington, DC at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Science and Technology Policy Institute.


Sharlissa Moore published a book called “Sustainable Energy Transformations, Power and Politics: Morocco and the Mediterranean” in the Routledge Studies in Energy Transitions series in mid-2018. The book explores policy and social justice issues related to Morocco’s scale-up of solar power and visions to interconnect the grids of North Africa and Europe.

Sharlissa Moore and Annick Anctil published “Michigan’s Energy Future: Expert and Public Opinion on Energy Transitions in Michigan” as part of the MAPPR Policy Research Brief series in fall 2018. The report is based on survey data from the Michigan State of the State Survey and interviews and a focus group on energy transitions in Michigan.

Jennifer Fuller (Arizona State University) and Sharlissa Moore published an article and teaching materials in the journal Case Studies in the Environment based on the pedagogy from a workshop on energy ethics held at Michigan State University in 2017. Fuller, J. & Moore, S. (2018). Pedagogy for the ethical dimensions of energy transitions from Ethiopia to Appalachia. Case Studies in the Environment, 1–7.

Moore, S. 2017. Evaluating the energy security of electricity interdependence: perspectives from Morocco. Energy Research and Social Science: 24(2017): 21-29.

Parmentier, M.J. & S. Moore. 2016. The Camels are Unsustainable: Using Study Abroad as a Pedagogical Tool for Teaching Ethics and Sustainable Development. Teaching Ethics. 16(2): 207-222.

Mehrnaz Ghamami, Annick Anctil, and Sharlissa Moore received a Science and Society at State (S3) grant for a project called “Social perceptions about on-road wireless charging for electric vehicles: considering mobility and environmental impacts”.

Sharlissa Moore, Annick Anctil (Civil and Environmental Engineering), and Tom Bieler (Materials Science) received a Science and Society at State (S3) grant for a project called “Linking Engineering and Science Studies to Support a Transition to Sustainable Energy.” More details can be found at the bottom of this page: http://s3.msu.edu/funded-projects-2015-2016.

Sharlissa Moore gave an invited talked in Feb. 2016 entitled “Social Science Research on Energy” for the Women in Science and Engineering group at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City, SD. 

Sharlissa Moore & E.J. Hackett (2016), The construction of technology and place: Concentrating solar power conflicts in the United States. Energy Research & Social Science, 11, 67–78.