Faculty

Leah Stokes

Leah Stokes is an Assistant Professor in Political Science and a faculty affiliate at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

PhD & MA: MIT
MPA: Columbia University                                                            BSc: University of Toronto
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Email: lstokes at ucsb dot edu
Twitter: @leahstokes
Website: http://www.polsci.ucsb.edu/faculty/stokes/

Matto Mildenberger

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Matto Mildenberger is an Assistant Professor in Political Science and a faculty affiliate at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.

PhD & MA: Yale University
MA: Waterloo University                           BSc: University of Toronto
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Email: mildenberger at ucsb dot edu
Twitter: @mmildenberger
Website: http://www.mattomildenberger.com/

Graduate Students

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Patrick Hunnicutt

Patrick Hunnicutt is a PhD student in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. His research interests focus on the political economy of natural resources and foreign aid, specifically pertaining to the drivers of effective development assistance and post-conflict reconstruction. 

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Rahul Sharma

Rahul is a PhD student in Environmental Science and Management at the Bren School at UCSB. He has an MPP from the University of Minnesota and worked on energy access, climate change politics, and renewable energy policy before starting at UCSB. He is interested in studying the implementation of government policies and programs on waste, air pollution, and energy in cities in developing countries. 

 

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Alice Lépissier

Alice Lépissier is a PhD student at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara. Her research interests include energy transitions, carbon pricing, and pathways for decarbonization. Prior to joining UC Santa Barbara, Alice was a Research Associate at the Center for Global Development (CGD). She holds a Masters in Economics and Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris and École Polytechnique, and a Masters in Economic History from the London School of Economics. 

Twitter: @socialkantract

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicelepissier

Website: https://www.cgdev.org/staff/alice-lepissier

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Chris Miljanich

Chris is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science. His research focuses on how demographic change and geography affects elections, representation, political participation, and public policy. Current projects investigate how electoral institutions respond to demographic change, how internal migration affects party policy platforms, and on public opinion toward grizzly bear reintroduction in California. Chris received his B.A. in political science from UC Berkeley in 2013.

Geoffrey Henderson

Geoffrey Henderson is a PhD student in Political Science. He studies how civic organizations and social movements increase individuals’ propensity for political participation, with a focus on environmental activism. Prior to UCSB, Geoffrey worked as a Research Analyst on climate change policy at the World Resources Institute.

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Jeff Feng

Jeff is a PhD student in Political Science at UC Santa Barbara energized by environmental justice organizing and research. His research interests include movements around extractive resources, environmental conflicts, and environmental discourses.

Lina Barbosa    

Lina researches the interface between environmental policy and human development. Before pursuing a master's degree at the Bren School, Lina studied both biology and microbiology at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. At Bren, Lina also led the Environmental Justice Club. 

Undergraduate Students

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Jessica Norris

Jessica is a 4th year Political Science and Chinese major. Her research focuses on the adoption of cap and trade policy in China.

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Leili Golian

Leili is a second year Political Science major and Iranian Studies minor. She hopes to pursue a Masters in education and to dedicate a career to public service.

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Rebecca Wright

Rebecca is a second year Environmental Studies and Political Science double major from the Bay Area. She is involved in the Environmental Affairs Board and plans to study abroad in New Zealand.

  Adri Davies   Adri is a 3rd year Political Science major and Professional Writing minor. She is interested in pursuing a career in law.

Adri Davies

Adri is a 3rd year Political Science major and Professional Writing minor. She is interested in pursuing a career in law.

 

Dana Avgil

Carlos Orendain

Joseph Grib

Amarica Rafanelli

Lab Alumni

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Hamza Bhatti

Hamza graduated from UCSB in 2017 with a degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Business paired with a certificate in Technology Management. 

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Erika Foster

Erika is a 4th year Environmental Studies and Sociology double major from Long Beach, Ca. Her interests include Environmental Justice and Climate Policy.

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Michelle Sevilla

Michelle is a recent graduate of UCSB in Environmental Studies with an interdisciplinary emphasis on global environmental movements. At UCSB, she co-founded the UCSB Climate Justice Hub.

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Natalia Arguello-Inglis

Natalia is a 4th year Political Science major.

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Lillian Zhou

Lillian graduated from UCSB in 2018 with a BA in Environmental Studies and Political Science. She hopes to pursue a career in environmental advocacy

Maryam Aljafen

Maryam is a PhD student at UCLA in comparative politics, with a focus on oil politics.

Kezia Wright

Kezia is going into her final year of a BA in Political Science and History at Trinity College Dublin. She spent her third year at UCSB where she studied Political Science with an emphasis on Environmental Politics. Kezia is specifically interested in the rapidly changing global energy system.

Audrey Tamayo

 

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