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Barry Rabe

J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Director, Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
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Barry Rabe is the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, Arthur Thurnau Professor at the Ford School, and director of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), with additional appointments in the Department of Political Science, the Program in the Environment, and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. He is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Much of his recent research examines sub-federal development of policies to reduce greenhouse gases in the United States and other federal systems. In 2006, Barry became the first social scientist to receive a Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in recognition of his contribution to both scholarship and policymaking. Barry is a fellow of the National Academic of Public Administration and has served on NAPA panels as well as the 2013-14 National Resource Council Committee on Shale Gas Risks and Governance. He teaches public management, environmental policy, and a seminar on climate change at the Ford School.

Educational Background:

B.A. Carthage College, History M.A., Ph.D. University of Chicago, Political Science

External Appointments: Brookings Institution, Washington, DC Non-resident Senior Fellow in Governance Studies Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration

Professional Affiliations:

American Political Science Association (Chair, Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Section); Midwest Political Science Association; Canadian Political Science Association; Association for Canadian Studies in the United States. Editorial Boards: Political Research Quarterly; Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions; Review of Policy Studies, American Review of Canadian Studies.

Current Research:

Intergovernmental climate policy development and implementation, with particular focus on policy diffusion and regionalization; comparative federalism and climate policy in North America and Europe; renewable energy politics and policy in North America; federalism and environmental policy development in the United States and Canada; comparative governance of nanotechnology; public opinion on climate, energy and environmental protection.