Professor and Department Chair
Politics and Government
BA, University of Rhode Island, 1982
PhD, University of Minnesota, 1991
David Sousa specializes in U.S. politics, teaching the introductory course on American politics and courses on the Presidency and Congress, public policy, parties and elections, political economy, environmental policy, elections, and images of corruption in American political culture. His book, American Environmental Policy: Beyond Gridlock (co-authored with Christopher McGrory Klyza), was published by MIT Press in 2013. The first edition of that book, published in 2008, won the Lynton Caldwell Award of the American Political Science Association for the best book published on environmental policy in a three year period. Other recent publications are “The Resilience of the Northwest Forest Plan: Green Drift?” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (June 2011); “Beyond Gridlock: Green Drift in American Environmental Policy,” (with McGrory Klyza), Political Science Quarterly 125 (2010); and "New Directions in Environmental Policymaking: An Emerging Collaborative Regime, or Reinventing Interest Group Liberalism?" (with McGrory Klyza) Natural Resources Journal 47 (2007). Sousa’s current research focuses on the larger consequences of the 1960s and 1970s environmental laws—and the elaboration of the American “green state”—for politics and policy in the United States. He is currently working on a new book on the American green state centering on environmental conflicts surrounding hardrock mining projects.