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Sarah Pralle

Sarah Pralle

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314 Eggers Hall

Sarah Pralle

Associate Professor, Political Science Department

Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute

Senior Research Associate, Center for Environmental Policy and Administration


  • 2024 Spring
    • PSC 499 Honors Capstone Project
    • PSC 602 Public Policy Analysis: Theory and Practice
    • PSC 700 Selected Topics - Climate Chnge/Sci/Percptn/Plcy
  • 2023 Fall
    • PSC 328 American Social Movements
    • PSC 302 Environmental Politics and Policy
  • 2023 Spring
    • PSC 308 The Politics of U.S. Public Policy
  • 2022 Fall
    • PSC 328 American Social Movements
    • PSC 302 Environmental Politics and Policy
  • 2022 Spring
    • LAW 891 Climate Change: Science, Perception & Policy
    • BIO 600 Selected Topics - Climate Change
    • PSC 700 Selected Topics - Climate Chnge/Sci/Percptn/Plcy
    • PSC 308 The Politics of U.S. Public Policy

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of Washington, 2001


I am an associate professor of political science at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. I received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington and a B.A. in political science from Bates College. Prior to joining the faculty at the Maxwell School, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

My research focuses on the politics that affect public policy processes, particularly in the area of environmental policy. Currently I am working on a project that examines the politics of mapping flood zones in U.S. communities, which is part of a larger effort to understand climate change adaptation. I am also examining the social construction of policy success and failure. 

Areas of Expertise

U.S. public policy, agenda setting and policy change, environmental politics and policy, climate change and energy, interest groups and social movements

Research Grant Awards and Projects

"Energy Related Air Quality and Health Effects Research", Sponsored by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

"Interdisciplinary seminar grant: Seminar series in Environment, Sustainability and Policy.", Sponsored by CUSE Grants - Interdisciplinary Seminar Grant.

"An Evaluation of Wind Turbine-related Noise in NYS", Sponsored by Electric Power Research Institute.

"States, Courts, and Nature: The Impact of State Litigation on National Environmental Policy", Sponsored by Smith Richardson Foundation Inc.

Selected Publications

Honors and Accolades

Honorable Mention for the 2007 Charles Levine Prize for the best book in Comparative Policy and Administration (2007)

Special Recognition for the 2007 Lynton Keith Caldwell prize for the best book published in Environmental Politics and Policy in the past three years (2007)

Winner of Best Paper in Public Policy presented at the 2006 American Political Science Association meeting (2006)