David Konisky


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Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006
  • M.E.M and M.A., Yale University, 1998
  • A.B, Washington University in St. Louis, 1995


David Konisky’s research focuses on U.S. environmental and energy policy, with particular emphasis on regulation, federalism and state politics, public opinion, and environmental justice.

His research has been published in various journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, Climatic Change, Global Environmental Change, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Journal of Politics, Nature Energy, and Public Opinion Quarterly. He has authored or edited three books on environmental politics and policy, including most recently Failed Promises: Evaluating the Federal Government's Response to Environmental Justice (MIT Press, 2015) and Cheap and Clean: How Americans Think about Energy in the Age of Global Warming (MIT Press, 2014, with Steve Ansolabehere). Konisky’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Konisky earned his Ph.D. in political science from MIT. He also holds two master’s degrees from Yale University: one in environmental management and one in international relations. At the undergraduate level, he studied history and environmental studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

Prior to joining O'Neill in 2015, Konisky was on the faculty at Georgetown University and the University of Missouri, and served as a research associate at Resources for the Future.


  • O’Neill School Leader for Greater Good Award Student Choice Award, 2019
  • Best Journal Article Award from the State Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association, 2018
  • Don K. Price Book Award, American Political Science Association, 2015
  • Emerging Young Scholar Award, Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics Section, American Political Science Association, 2015
  • Best Conference Paper Award from the State Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association, 2014
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Best Paper Award for paper presented at the 2012 Southern Political Science Association conference

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