Leah Stokes

Assistant Professor, Political Science, UC Santa Barbara

Leah Stokes’s research examines public policy, public opinion and political behavior, with a focus on energy, environment and climate change. Her book Short Circuiting Policy (Oxford University Press) examines how interest groups have tried to weaken clean energy laws across the American states. Other ongoing projects include examining protests against energy infrastructure, political staff in Congress, environmentalists’ electoral participation, violence against environmental activists, and effective water conservation policy in California.

Stokes's research has been cited in popular media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vox, The Toronto Star, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, National Geographic, NPR and CBC. Prior to academia, Leah worked at the Parliament of Canada and Resources for the Future. Stokes holds a masters and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MPA from, Columbia University, and BSc from the University of Toronto.

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

This Moment in Climate with Michael Mann & Leah Stokes

With a new pro-science, pro-climate action administration in the White House, there are more pathways — and far greater political will — than ever before for the clean energy transition. The question is now less about what can be done to act on climate, and more about how soon. But how quickly can the new administration turn around a gutted EPA, myriad environmental law rollbacks, and a legacy of climate denial from fossil fuel companies