Dr. Kenneth Barry Medlock, III
James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics
Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D., is the James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. He is also co-director of the Master of Energy Economics Program, supervises Ph.D. students, and holds adjunct appointments in the departments of Economics and Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. Medlock has published numerous scholarly articles, and his recent research focuses on energy commodity markets, energy transitions, LNG market evolution, carbon capture and hydrogen. He is a distinguished fellow at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, and a member of the advisory board of the Payne Institute at Colorado School of Mines. In 2019, Medlock received the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of the Education of Future Energy Leaders from the Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah Foundation. He is a past vice president of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics. In 2001, he won (with Ron Soligo) the International Association for Energy Economics Award for Best Paper of the Year in the Energy Journal. In 2011, he received USAEE’s Senior Fellow Award, and in 2013, he accepted the organization’s Adelman-Frankel Award on behalf of the Center for Energy Studies. Medlock was also the 2012-13 recipient of the prestigious Haydn Williams Fellowship at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. He is a member of the American Economic Association and an academic member of the National Petroleum Council. Medlock has testified multiple times on Capitol Hill, has spoken at OPEC, and is frequently asked to speak at venues around the world. Medlock received his Ph.D. in economics from Rice University.