I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science 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 politics in North America. My dissertation examined retrenchment and expansion of 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 2016, I will teach courses at UCSB on research methods at the undergraduate (spring) and graduate (winter) level, and a course on American energy politics (spring). Previously, I have taught undergraduate courses on negotiations, public policy, and a graduate course on 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 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: stokes@polsci.ucsb.edu

Twitter: @leahstokes

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

Splitting the South: Explaining China and India's Divergence in International Environmental Negotiations, with Amanda Giang and Noelle Selin (under review)

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

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

Trade-offs and synergies in international scientific assessments: Analyzing the interaction of science and policy under the Minamata Convention on Mercury, with Rebecca Silverman and Noelle Selin

Peer Reviewed Publications

Stokes, L. C. (2015). “Electoral Backlash against Climate Policy: A Natural Experiment on Retrospective Voting and Local Resistance to Public Policy.” Forthcoming in American Journal of Political Science.

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.’’ 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,” 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.