University of California,
of Political Science
Professor Eric R.A.N Smith
Office: Ellison 3711
Office Hrs: Wednesdays 1:30-4:30
A Note for Graduate Student Applicants
I welcome prospective doctoral students interested in working with me. If you would like to talk with me about our program and studying with me, please feel free to contact me. The best way to do this is to email me so that we can schedule an appointment for a telephone conversation or a meeting if you are in the area.
My current research focuses primarily on environmental problems, especially energy issues and climate change. However, I continue to do research on public opinion, voting, gender, and sexual identity issues.
I strongly believe in mentoring graduate students by collaborating with them on research projects. Earlier in my career, I worked with graduate students on research projects on an ad hoc basis, which I found enormously enjoyable. I now seek to coauthor papers with all students who work with me. I cannot guarantee this outcome, but I am committed to it.
To date, I have coauthored articles 14 articles with 20 graduate students, some of whom were coauthors on several papers. I have also coauthored 25 conference papers with 21 graduate students. I currently have a book project that started with four graduate students. I also have two other works-in-progress that I expect to publish with other students.
Recent Research Papers and Talks
- Heather E. Hodges and Eric Smith, “Public Reaction to Energy, Overview.” Encyclopedia of Energy, forthcoming.
- Lauren Copeland and Eric Smith, “Political Consumerism: Individual Action on Climate Change and Other Environmental Problems.” In Yael Wolinsky-Nahmias (ed.), Climate Change Policy and Civic Society, Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, forthcoming.
- Alison G. Keleher and Eric Smith, “Explaining the Growing Support for Gay and Lesbian Equality since 1990.” Journal of Homosexuality, 59:1307–1327, 2012.
- Juliet E. Carlisle, Jessica T. Feezell, Kristy E. H. Michaud, Eric Smith, and Leeanna Smith,“Persuading the Public to Believe in Science.” People & Science, December 2010, 17.
- David Cleveland, Paolo Gardinali, Michael McGinnis, John Mohr, Eric Smith, Megan Carney, and Lauren Copeland,
The Central Coast Survey 2010
E. Carlisle, Jessica T. Feezell,
Kristy E. H. Michaud, Eric Smith, and Leeanna Smith, "The Public's Trust
in Scientific Claims Regarding Offshore Oil Drilling."
Public Understanding of Science, 19: 514-27, 2010
Smith, "Think Again: Offshore Oil Drilling." Foreign Policy, August 30, 2010
Smith, "Changing Public Opinion about LGBT Issues" -
Talk at the Campus Democrats, May 11, 2010
Smith, Kristy Michaud, and Juliet Carlisle, "What the California Public Thinks about Offshore Oil
Development: Past Trends and Future Possibilities" - Paper
at the Oil+Water Conference: The Case of Santa Barbara and Southern
California, April 8, 2010
"Salvation by Science: Confidence in Scientists and Engineers to
Solve Global Warming" - Paper deliverd at the Western Political
Science Association meeting, San Francisco, April 3, 2010, a17
- Eric Smith,
"Offshore oil drilling might make environmental sense" - Washington
Post, April 2, 2010, a17
Klick and Eric Smith, "Public Understanding of and Support for Wind
Power" - Renewable Energy , 35(July 2010): 1585-1591
Michaud, Juliet E. Carlisle, and Eric Smith, "The Relationship
between Cultural Values and Political Ideology, and the Role of
Knowledge" - Political Psychology, 30(2009): 27-42
- E. Smith,
"Advancing Public Awareness of Topics in Sustainable Energy" -
Presentation to the National Science Board Task Force on
Energy, Sept 2008
- Holly Klick and
Eric Smith, "Explaining NIMBY Opposition to Wind Power" - APSA
Keleher and Eric Smith, "Explaining the Growing Support for Gay and
Lesbian Equality Since 1990" - APSA 2008 paper
- E. Smith,
Carlisle, and Kristy Michaud, "Nimbyism vs. Environmentalism in
Attitudes toward Energy Development"Environmental Politics