Leah C. Stokes

Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
Areas of Expertise:
  • Policy in Other Countries
  • Energy
  • Environment

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About Leah

Stokes researches public policy and environmental politics, with a focus on environmental and energy policies in the United States and Canada. She has examined renewable energy policies at the state and local level and is particularly interested in how these policies are implemented. She has also researched several international environmental negotiations, particularly the recently finalized Minamata Convention on mercury pollution.



"Beyond the Information Campaign: Community-Based Energy Behavioral Change at the University of Toronto" (with Matto Mildenberger, Beth Savan, Brian Kolenda, and Dan Dolderman). Environmental Practice 15, no. 2 (2013): 147-155.
Lays out an approach to encouraging energy conservation grounded in psychology.
"The Power of Collaboration: Engaging All Parties in Renewable Energy Infrastructure Development" (with Todd Schenk). IEEE Power & Energy Magazine 11, no. 3 (2013): 56-65.
Discusses alternative approaches to engaging communities in renewable energy project siting, including joint fact-finding, public workshops and deliberative opinion polling.
"The Politics of Renewable Energy Policies: The Case of Feed-in Tariffs in Ontario, Canada" Energy Policy 56 (2013): 490-500.
Analyzes the politics of renewable energy policies, including cost, local acceptance, investor certainty and international competition for jobs.

In the News

"Climate Change is Behind the Global Heat Wave. Why Won't the Media Say It?," Leah C. Stokes, Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2018.
"Climate Change in My Backyard," Leah C. Stokes, New York Times, January 11, 2018.
Leah C. Stokes quoted on tax and cap climate policies in David Roberts, "The Political Hurdles Facing a Carbon Tax - and How to Overcome Them" Vox, April 26, 2016.
"Ontario’s Backwards Step on Renewable Energy," Leah C. Stokes, The Toronto Star, July 22, 2013.