I am a PhD Candidate in Public Policy and Environmental Politics in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning Environmental Policy & Planning group at MIT. I am also affiliated with MIT's Political Science Department.

My dissertation examines retrenchment and expansion of renewable energy policies in the United States, drawing on policy implementation and interest group theory, and quantitative political science methods. This works builds on my research on Ontario’s feed-in tariff policy implementation.

My other research focuses on the political ramifications of local resistance to wind power, international negotiations on mercury and public opinion on energy policy.

Currently, I am an instructor for an undergraduate public policy class. Previously, I instructed an undergraduate course on negotiations at MIT. I have been a teaching assistant for courses on public policy, research methods and global environmental science and politics.

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

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

For more, please see my curriculum vitae.




Leah C. Stokes

Curriculum vitae

Email: lstokes@mit.edu

Twitter: @leahstokes

Research areas

energy and environmental politics, public policy theory, legislative politics, electoral politics, international environmental negotiations, the use of science in environmental policy

Current Projects

Dissertation - Renewable Energy Politics: Entrenchment and Retrenchment in US States

Electoral Backlash against Climate Policy: A Natural Experiment on Local Resistance to Public Policy (Job Market Paper, under review).

Rethinking the Study of Feedback Processes in Politics and Public Policy, with Alex Hertel-Fernandez and Matto Mildenberger

Splitting the South: China and India's Divergence in Global Environmental Negotiations, with Amanda Giang and Noelle Selin

The Minamata Convention's Impacts on Mercury Emissions from Coal-fired Power Generation in Asia, with Amanda Giang, Elizabeth Corbitt, David Streets and Noelle Selin

Internet Voting and Voter Turnout: An Empirical Examination of Local Elections in Ontario, Canada, with Nicole Goodman

Teaching science students about policy and negotiation, with Noelle Selin and Larry Susskind. See The Mercury Game website and The Program on Negotiation at Harvard to download the game. For science-policy reports from the mercury treaty negotiations, see the MIT Mercury Policy blog.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Stokes, L.C. & Selin, N. E. (2014). “The Mercury Game: Evaluating a Negotiation Simulation that Teaches Students about Science-policy Interactions.'' Forthcoming in 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,” Forthcoming in 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

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

Stokes, L. C., L. Susskind, N. E. Selin. (2013). The Mercury Negotiation Simulation. The Program on Negotiation at Harvard University. Also available for free on the Mercury Game website.

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.