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Aubrey Paris
Aubrey Paris

Aubrey Paris



Chemistry and Biology




Dr. Aubrey Paris is the Senior Policy Advisor for Gender, Climate Change, & Innovation in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI) at the U.S. Department of State, where she leads foreign policy and public diplomacy efforts related to the nexus of gender equality and climate change. Previously, she served as a Science, Technology, & Innovation Policy Advisor in the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary (E/STAS) and was the recipient of the IEEE-USA Engineering and Diplomacy Fellowship from 2019-2021. At the State Department, she launched the Innovation Station initiative to amplify the impact of woman and girl innovators developing translatable solutions to climate-related challenges, while simultaneously drawing subnational connections between domestic and international communities.

In her personal capacity, Dr. Paris serves as executive producer, co-host, and creator of National Treasure Hunt LLC (NTH), the podcast, book, and tour providing an interdisciplinary exploration of the National Treasure film and television franchise. Since 2020, the podcast has examined niche intersections with academic disciplines (e.g., science, history, literature, ethics) while interviewing historical experts and the franchise’s production team. In 2021, NTH expanded to include an informal Washington, DC, walking tour that has since become a semi-annual activity bringing together National Treasure enthusiasts from across the country. The project’s first book accompaniment, National Treasure Hunt: One Step Short of Crazy, was published by Tucker DS Press in February 2023.

Prior to these current roles, Dr. Paris was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Energy and Climate Scholar at Princeton University, where she designed catalysts capable of transforming carbon dioxide into useful and marketable products. During her graduate studies, she also contributed to research projects on water security implications of coal-fired power plants, the future of U.S. nuclear energy, and climate change impacts on national security. Dr. Paris received her Ph.D. in Chemistry and Materials Science from Princeton University (2019), M.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University (2017), and B.S. in Chemistry and Biology, with a minor in French, from Ursinus College (2015).

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