University of California,
of Political Science
Professor Eric R.A.N Smith
Office: Ellison 3711
Office Hrs: Winter, 2017 - Mondays 1:30-2:30, Tuesdays 2:00-3:00, Wednesdays 2:30-3:20, and
by appointment. Feel free to drop in if my door is open at any time.
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 23 articles and one book with 22 graduate students,
some of whom were coauthors on several papers. I have also coauthored
25 conference papers with 21 graduate students. I also have other
works-in-progress that I expect to publish with other students.
Recent & Forthcoming Publications and Papers
"Early election forecast: Republicans could lose 38 seats and House majority," Washington Post>, 10 January 2018.
- Juliet Carlisle, Jessica Feezell, Kristy Michaud, and Eric Smith,
The Politics of Energy Crises , Oxford University Press, 2017.
E. Hodges, Colin Kuehl, Eric Smith, and Aaron Sparks, “Delivering
Energy (Often) Requires Public Consent.” In Raphael Heffron and Gavin
Little (ed.), Delivering Energy Law and Policy in the EU and the US: A
Reader, Edinburgh, Scotland: University of Edinburgh Press, 2017
E. Cleveland, Lauren Copeland, Garrett Glasgow, Michael V. McGinnis,
and Eric Smith, “The Influence of Environmentalism on Attitudes toward
Local Agriculture and Urban Expansion.” Society & Natural Resources, 2016.
- Eric Smith, ““Michael Brune’s Misleading Optimism on Climate Change.” Environment, 57(2): 22-27, 12 February 2015.
- Heather E. Hodges and Eric Smith, “Public Reaction to Energy, Overview.” Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, Elsevier, 2013. On-line: 01-Nov-13 doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.01438-X..
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, 2014, 197-217.
- Alison G. Keleher and Eric Smith, “Explaining the Growing Support for Gay and Lesbian Equality since 1990.” Journal of Homosexuality, 59:1307–1327, 2012.
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, 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