Politics and Government
David Sousa specializes in American politics, including public policy, the presidency and Congress, political economy, environmental policy, and images of corruption in American political culture. He is co-author of American Environmental Policy: Beyond Gridlock (MIT Press, 2008, 2013), which won the American Political Science Association’s Lynton Keith Caldwell Prize for best book in its field in a three-year period. He has also contributed to prominent journals on environmental policy topics. Souza has researched and written about how the efforts of environmentalists have transformed the polity and how—despite legislative gridlock and opposition from the right—environmentalists have continued to leverage the legislative victories of the 1960s and 1970s, such as the Endangered Species Act. Sousa explores how this has forced a “green drift”—a slow and hotly contested drift of policy in directions favored by environmentalists. Other publications include “Shaky Ground: The Mining Law of 1872,” for the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association (2013), and “The Resilience of the Northwest Forest Plan: Green Drift?” for Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (2011). Sousa has been working on a book tentatively titled Wide Open Spaces, about the American green state and the environmental conflicts surrounding hard rock mining projects.
B.A., University of Rhode Island, 1982; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1991