Andrew Bergman is a Ph.D. student in Applied Physics at Harvard University, where he works on developing technological solutions and collective governance for atmospheric carbon dioxide removal. Andrew’s research, tying into his advocacy for an equitable societal transition to address climate change, sits at the interface between science, governance, and social justice.
Andrew co-founded the Web Integrity Project (WIP) in early 2018 and currently supports and advises on WIP’s work as a BKC affiliate. As WIP’s director of policy, he led efforts to ensure Congressional oversight of the Trump administration’s censorship of public web information relating to health and healthcare, civil rights, immigration, and criminal justice. Prior to launching WIP, Andrew co-founded and helped lead the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative’s Website Monitoring Team, where he worked to uncover systematic censorship of climate change information on federal websites. From 2017 to 2019, he also served as an environmental advisor to the Project On Government Oversight, holding the Trump administration accountable for its undermining of federal environmental agencies and regulations.
Beyond his lab work studying ways of removing carbon dioxide from the air, Andrew works to design justice-based frameworks for assessing proposed carbon removal solutions, in order to hold technologists and their corporate funders accountable. He also explores how collective governance of new infrastructure deployed to address climate change can secure more equitable outcomes.
Andrew also serves as a Trustee on the Executive Board of the Harvard Graduate Student Union, where he advocates for economic and racial justice for workers at Harvard and beyond and to hold Harvard’s leadership accountable for harassment and discrimination on campus.