Associate Professor, Political Science
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Political Science
Research Associate, Center for Environmental Policy and Administration
Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute
Ph.D., University of Washington, 2001
U.S. public policy, agenda setting and policy change, environmental politics and policy, climate change and energy, interest groups and social movements
PSC 302: Environmental Politics and Policy
PSC 308: The Politics of U.S. Public Policy
PSC 602: The Politics of Public Policy
PSC 700: American Social Movements
MAX 123: Critical Issues in the United States
I am an associate professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Washington and my 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.
Out, Digging In: Environmental Advocacy and Agenda Setting.
Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2006.
*Honorable Mention for the 2007
Charles Levine Prize for the best book in Comparative Policy and Administration
and Special Recognition for the 2007 Lynton Keith Caldwell prize for the best
book published in Environmental Politics and Policy.
Peer Reviewed Articles
Complexity: Recent Developments in Environmental Politics and Policy,” Policy Studies Journal, Volume 44 (May
2016), pp. 28-49. With Bridget Fahey.
“Framing Trade-offs: The Politics of Nuclear
Power and Wind Energy in the Age of Global Climate Change,” Review of Policy Research 28:4 (2011),
pp. 323-346. With Jessica Boscarino.
“Agenda Setting and Climate Change,” Environmental
Politics 18 (September 2009): 781- 799.
“‘I’m Changing the Climate, Ask Me How!’: The Politics of
the Anti-SUV Campaign,” Political Science
Quarterly 121:3 (2006), pp. 397-423.
“The Mouse that Roared: Agenda-Setting in Canadian Pesticides Politics,” Policy Studies Journal 34:2 (2006), pp. 171-194.
“Timing and Sequence in Agenda Setting and Policy Change: A Comparative Study
of Lawn Care pesticide Politics in Canada and the U.S.” Journal of European Public Policy 13:7 (2006), pp. 987-1005.
*Winner of Best Paper in Public Policy presented at the 2006
American Political Science Association meeting.
“Venue Shopping, Political Strategy, and Policy Change: The
Internationalization of Canadian Forestry
Advocacy,” Journal of Public Policy
(September 2003), pp. 233-260.
“Shopping Around: Environmental Organizations and the Search
for Policy Venues,” in Aseem Prakash and Mary Kay Gugerty, eds., Rethinking Advocacy Organizations (Ann
Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2010).
Not Revolution: Pesticides Regulation in Canada,” in Debra Van Nijnatten and
Robert Boardman, eds., Canadian
Environmental Policy: Context and Cases (Oxford, UK: Oxford University
Energy Innovation: The Case of New York State.” In Dianne Rahm, ed. Sustainable Energy and the States: Essays on
Politics, Markets, and Leadership (Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company,
Inc, 2006: 48-63). With W. Henry Lambright and Jessica Boscarino.
“Wind Turbine Noise and Community Response,” New
York State Energy Research and Development Administration, Albany, NY
FEMA and the politics of mapping flood zones
Research Grants and Awards
Institute, Syracuse University, “Building Community Capacity to Adapt to
Climate Change across Sites, Groups, and Scales,” 2015-2016 ($10,000).
School 10th Decade Project, “Citizenship and Climate Change,”
grant (New York State Energy Research and Development Administration),
“Integrated Assessment of the Effects of NH3, NOx, PM, SO2, and VOC emissions
on O3 and PM2.5 Concentrations and Trends in New York State,” 2016-2017
grant, “Wind Turbine-Related Noise in Central New York,” 2011-2013.
research grant, Campbell Public Affairs Institute, Maxwell School at Syracuse
University, 2009 ($2,000).
Richardson Foundation, Domestic Public Policy Program grant, 2007 ($44, 916).
Research Award, Department of Political Science, Syracuse University, 2007
Award for Faculty Research, Maxwell
School at Syracuse University, 2007 ($1,100).
Research Fellowship, Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and
the Media, Syracuse University, 2007
Research Grant, Canadian Embassy, Washington,
D.C., 2005 ($5,000).
Citizenship Research Grant, Maxwell
School at Syracuse University, 2005 ($1,200).
Forest Grant, Northeast States Research Cooperative, Co-Principal Investigator,
2004 ($90,000). (To support graduate student research.)
on Qualitative Research Methods, Arizona
State University, January 6-17th, 2003.
Support for Faculty, Department of Political Science, Maxwell School at Syracuse University, 2004 ($1,500).
Award for Faculty Research, Maxwell
School at Syracuse University, 2003 ($500).
Faculty Research Grant, Department of Political Science, Maxwell School at
Syracuse University, 2003 ($1,800).
Fellowship, Department of Political Science,
University of Washington, 2001 ($3,600 stipend plus one quarter’s tuition and
Student Dissertation Fellowship, Canadian Embassy,
Washington, D.C., 2000 ($3,000).
Campbell Public Affairs Institute
Center for Environmental Policy and Administration