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Serena Kim

Asst Professor

Caldwell Hall 207B

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Serena Kim is an assistant professor of research methods in the School of Public and International Affairs at NC State University. Her research lies at the intersection of data science, public policy and collective action problems, with a primary focus on the energy transition. Her published work has appeared in the Energy Policy, Applied Energy, SSM – Population Health, EPJ Data Science and Policy Studies Journal among other peer-reviewed journals. Her research has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, ScienceDaily and other media outlets. Prior to her current position, she was a research associate in the College of Engineering, Design, and Computing and a scholar in residence in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver for four years. During this time, she taught graduate courses on evidence-based decision-making, public policy analysis, and research and analytic methods.



Selected Publications

Spatial distribution of solar PV deployment: an application of the region-based convolutional neural network,” EPJ DATA SCIENCE (2023).

Electricity peak shaving for commercial buildings using machine learning and vehicle to building (V2B) system,” APPLIED ENERGY (2023).

Public sentiment toward solar energy—opinion mining of twitter using a transformer-based language model,” SUSTAINABILITY (2021).

Institutional arrangements and airport solar PV,” ENERGY POLICY (2020).

Updating the institutional collective action framework,” POLICY STUDIES JOURNAL (2020).


  • PA 515 Research Methods and Analysis

Office Hours

By Appointment


Ph.D. Public Administration Florida State University 2019

M.S. Computer Science University of Colorado Boulder 2023

Area(s) of Expertise

Research methods, Data analytics, Energy policy