James A Baker III and Susan G Baker Fellow Energy & Resource Economics, Rice University’s Baker Institute
Kenneth B. Medlock III is the James A. Baker, III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute, the senior director of the Center for Energy Studies, the director of the Masters in Energy Economics program and a faculty director of the Rice University Energy and Environment Initiative. Medlock has published numerous scholarly articles on energy market issues ranging from natural gas and crude oil markets to national oil company behavior. In 2001, Medlock was awarded Best Paper of the Year in the Energy Journal. He served as the vice president for conferences and vice president for academic affairs for the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) from 2011-2015. In 2011, he was given the USAEE’s Senior Fellow Award, and in 2013 he accepted the USAEE’s Adelman-Frankel Award for the Center for Energy Studies. In 2012, Medlock received the prestigious Haydn Williams Fellowship at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. In 2015, he was named a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute Energy Economics Japan, and was named to the Board of Scholars of the Center for Policy Research at the American Council for Capital Formation. He has also spoken at OPEC and testified before Congress multiple times on crude oil and natural gas exports. Medlock is an academic member of the National Petroleum Council, and has advised the US Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission on energy modeling efforts. Medlock received his Ph.D. in economics from Rice in 2000.