I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). I completed my PhD in Public Policy in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning Environmental Policy & Planning group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I also received a masters from MIT's Political Science Department.

Primarily, my research examines public policy, with a focus on energy and climate change politics in North America. My book project examines renewable energy policies in the United States, drawing on interest group and policy feedback theories. This works builds on my research on the politics surrounding Ontario, Canada's green energy laws.

My other research focuses on political behavior, including the ramifications of local resistance to wind power, as well as public opinion on energy and the environment. I also study international environmental negotiations, with a focus on mercury and climate policy.

In 2017-18, I will teach courses at UCSB on research methods at the undergraduate (fall) and graduate (fall) level, and a course on negotiations (spring). Previously, I have taught undergraduate courses on energy policy at UCSB, as well as courses on negotiations, public policy, and global environmental science and politics at MIT.

I completed an MPA in Environmental Science & Policy at the School of International & Public Affairs and the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

I also have a BSc in Psychology and East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto.

For more information, please see my curriculum vitae.




Leah C. Stokes

Curriculum vitae

Email: lstokes@ucsb.edu

Twitter: @leahstokes

Research lab website: The ENVENT Lab at UCSB

SSRN, Google Scholar

Research Interests

Energy and environmental politics, political behavior, public policy and legislative politics, quantitative and qualitative methods, international environmental negotiations.

Working Papers and Current Projects

Book Project: "How Feedback Fails: The Politics of Implementing State Energy Policy"

"Legislative Staff and Representation in Congress" with Alex Hertel-Fernandez and Matto Mildenberger, (under review).

"The Political Logics of Clean Energy Transitions" with Hanna Breetz and Matto Mildenberger, R&R at Business & Politics.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Goodman, N. & Stokes, L. C. "Reducing the Cost of Voting: An Evaluation of Internet Voting's Effect on Turnout", accepted at The British Journal of Political Science

Stokes, L. C. & Breetz, H. L. (2018). "Politics in the U.S. energy transition: Case studies of solar, wind, biofuels and electric vehicles policy." Energy Policy.

Stokes, L. C. & Warshaw, C. (2017). "Renewable energy policy design and framing influences public support in the United States." Nature Energy.

Selin, N. E., Stokes, L.C., & Susskind, L. E. (2016). "The Need for Climate Science Education to Build Policy Literacy." WIREs Climate Change.

Stokes, L. C. (2016). Electoral Backlash against Climate Policy: A Natural Experiment on Retrospective Voting and Local Resistance to Public Policy. American Journal of Political Science.

Mildenberger, M., Howe P., Lachapelle, E., Stokes, L. C., Marlon, J., Gravelle, T. (2016). "The Distribution of Climate Change Public Opinion in Canada." PloSONE.

Stokes, L.C., Giang, A. & Selin, N. E. (2016). "Splitting the South: China and India's Divergence in International Environmental Negotiations." Global Environmental Politics.

Giang, A., Stokes, L. C., Streets, D. G., Corbitt, E. S. & Selin, N. E. (2015)., "Impacts of the Minamata Convention on Mercury Emissions and Global Deposition from Coal-Fired Power Generation in Asia," Environmental Science & Technology, 49: 5326-3335.

Stokes, L.C. & Selin, N. E. (2014). , "The Mercury Game: Evaluating a Negotiation Simulation that Teaches Students about Science-policy Interactions." Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

Trancik, J.E., Chang, M. T., Karapataki, C. & Stokes, L. C. (2014). , "Effectiveness of a Segmental Approach to Climate Policy," Environmental Science & Technology.

Stokes, L. C. (2013). , "The Politics of Renewable Energy Policies: The Case of Feed-in Tariffs in Ontario, Canada," Energy Policy, 56, 490–500.

Mildenberger, M., Stokes, L. C. , Savan, B., Kolenda, B. & Dolderman, D. (2013). , "Beyond the Information Campaign: Community-based Energy Behavioral Change at the University of Toronto," Environmental Practice.

Stokes, L. C., Mildenberger, M., Savan, B & Kolenda, B. (2012)., "Analyzing Barriers to Energy Conservation in Residences and Offices: The Rewire Program at the University of Toronto," Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 11(2): 88-98.

Shiu, H. & Stokes, L. C. (2008). , "Buddhist Animal Release Practices: Historic, Environmental, Public Health & Economic Concerns," in Contemporary Buddhism: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 9(2): 181-196.

Other Publications

Dissertation - Power Politics: Renewable Energy Policy Change in US States. Summary.

Ontario's backward step on renewable energy. The Toronto Star, June 2013.

Stokes, L. C., Susskind, L., Selin, N. E. (2013). The Mercury Negotiation Simulation. The Program on Negotiation at Harvard University. Also available for free on the Mercury Game website. For science-policy reports from the mercury treaty negotiations, see the MIT Mercury Policy blog.

Schenk, T. & Stokes, L. C. (May/June 2013). The Power of Collaboration: Engaging All Parties in Renewable Energy Infrastructure Development IEEE power & energy magazine.

Stokes, L. (2013). Review of Global Environmental Governance Reconsidered. Edited by Frank Bierman and Philipp Pattberg. Review of Policy Research, 30(5): 607-609.

Stokes, L. (March 2013). Review of Putting Social Movements in their Place: Explaining Opposition to Energy Projects in the United States, 2000–2005 by Doug McAdam and Hilary Schaffer Boudet. Online in Anthem EnviroExperts Review.

Stokes, L. (December 2012). Review of Global Environmental Governance Reconsidered by Frank Biermann and Philipp Pattberg. Online in Anthem EnviroExperts Review.

Stokes, L. & Lee, H. (2012). "Gainesville Regional Utilities' Feed-in Tariff." Harvard Kennedy School Case, Number 1963.0, 1963.1.

Griffith-Jones, S., Hedger, M. & Stokes, L. (2009). "The Role of Private Sector Investment in Increasing Climate Friendly Technologies in Developing Countries," research paper for the United Nations World Economic & Social Survey.

Stokes, L. C., Scozzaro, A. & Haller, J. (2010). , "The Food Crisis in Egypt & Ethiopia: Contrasting Hydrological & Economic Barriers to Development," in Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, 3(1): 117-138.