Featured Speaker: Leah Stokes
Leah Stokes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Environmental Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).
Leah works on energy, climate and environmental politics. Within American Politics, her work focuses on representation and public opinion; voting behavior; and public policy. Within environmental politics, she researches climate change, renewable energy, water and chemicals policy.
Leah’s book, “Short Circuiting Policy” examines the role that utilities have played in promoting climate denial and rolling back clean energy laws. It was named the Best Energy Book of 2020 by the American Energy Society, listed as a top 5 climate book from 2020 by The New York Times, and won 3 awards from the American Political Science Association. Leah also contributed to the anthology All We Can Save, which is a New York Times bestselling collection of essays written by influential women in the climate space and co-hosts the podcast “A Matter of Degrees.”
Leah is a Senior Policy Advisor at Evergreen Action, and Senior Policy Counsel at Rewiring America and prior to academia, worked at the Parliament of Canada and Resources for the Future.
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