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- Environmental politics and policy ,
- Regulation and compliance ,
- Public opinion on energy and climate change ,
- State politics and policy
- 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
In the News
- “David Konisky: Cut Global warming with earth-friendly commitment,”Indianapolis Business Journal, April 12, 2019.
- “How the Weather Gets Weaponized in Climate Change Messaging,”New York Times, March 1, 2019.
- “What Would the Green New Deal Mean for Business?”Harvard Business Review, February 28, 2019 (with S. Carley).
- “Trump Administration Reveals Greenhouse Gas Rule for Power Plants to Replace Obama-era plan,”CNBC, August 21 2018.
- “Air pollution from industrial shutdowns and startups worse than thought,"The Conversation, February 14, 2018 (with A. Hollingsworth and N. Zirogiannis).
- “You might think that living through a hurricane will change people’s minds about global warming. Not so much,"Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, September 12, 2017 (with L. Hughes).
- “A Framework for Evaluating Geographic Disparities in Energy Transition Vulnerability,” (with S. Carley, T. Evans, and M. Graff) Nature Energy (2018)
- “Understanding Excess Emissions from Industrial Facilities: Evidence from Texas,” (with N. Zirogiannis and A. Hollingsworth), Environmental Science and Technology (2018)
- “Adaptation, culture, and the energy transition in American coal country,” (with T. Evans and S. Carley), Energy Research and Social Science (2018)
- “Environmental Federalism and the Trump Presidency: A Preliminary Assessment,” (with N. Woods), Publius: The Journal of Federalism (2018)
- “Regulatory Enforcement, Riskscapes, and Environmental Justice,” (with C. Reenock), Policy Studies Journal (2017)
- “The Greening of Christianity? A Study of Environmental Attitudes Over Time,” Environmental Politics (December 2017)
- “Extreme weather exposure and support for climate change adaptation,″ (with A. Ray, L. Hughes, C. Kaylor), Global Environmental Change (2017)
- “Gone with the Wind: Federalism and the Strategic Location of Air Polluters,” (with N. Woods and J. Monogan III), American Journal of Political Science (2016)
- “Extreme Weather Events and Climate Change Concern,” (with L. Hughes and C.H. Kaylor), Climatic Change (2016)
- “When Governments Regulate Governments,” (with M. Teodoro), American Journal of Political Science (2016)
- Failed Promises: Evaluating the Federal Government’s Response to Environmental Justice, ed., Cambridge, MA: MIT Press (2015)
- Cheap and Clean: How Americans Think about Energy in the Age of Global Warming, (with S. Ansolabehere), Cambridge, MA: MIT Press (2014)