Professor, Politics and Government
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, 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 publications include “`Whither We Are Tending’: Interrogating the Retrenchment Narrative in U.S. Environmental Policy,” (with McGrory Klyza) Political Science Quarterly; “The Resilience of the Northwest Forest Plan: Green Drift?” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences; “Beyond Gridlock: Green Drift in American Environmental Policy,” (with McGrory Klyza), Political Science Quarterly; and "New Directions in Environmental Policymaking: An Emerging Collaborative Regime, or Reinventing Interest Group Liberalism?" (with McGrory Klyza) Natural Resources Journal. 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 book on the American green state centering on environmental conflicts surrounding hardrock mining projects.