Barry Rabe

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Barry Rabe

Professor, Public Policy, School of Natural Resources and Environment and Program in the Environment (PitE)

Mailing Address
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
712 Oakland Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3021

Office Location(s): 712 Oakland, Room 358
Phone: 734.615.9596
Fax: 734.615.4623
Ford School Website
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Program in the Environment
    • Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
    • College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA)
    • School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE)
  • Fields of Study
    • Intergovernmental Relations
    • Politics, Institutions & Processes: National
    • Politics, Institutions & Processes: State & Local
  • About

    Teaching for PitE

    Environ 312: Environmental Politics and Policy

    Professor Rabe will not be teaching courses on campus during the 2015-16 academic year, as he will be on sabbatical through May 2016.


    Barry Rabe is a Professor of Public Policy in the Ford School and also holds appointments in the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Program in the Environment. He is a non-resident senior fellow in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. Much of his recent research examines state and regional development of policies to reduce greenhouse gases, which has been conducted in collaboration with the Brookings Institution, the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. In 2006, Rabe became the first social scientist to receive a Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in recognition of his contribution to both scholarship and policy making. His 2004 Brookings book, Statehouse and Greenhouse: The Evolving Politics of American Climate Change Policy, received the 2005 Lynton Keith Caldwell Award from the American Political Science Association in recognition of the best book published on environmental politics and policy in the past three years.

    Rabe has also written extensively about such topics as nuclear and hazardous waste management, cross-border and cross-media transfer of pollutants in federal regulatory systems, and the conditions necessary to achieve intergovernmental cooperation in the implementation of federal grant and regulatory programs. During the 2008-09 year, he was a visiting professor at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, where he organized the National Conference on Climate Governance and edited a series of subsequent publications. In 2004, he completed a ten-year term as editor of the American Governance and Public Policy book series for Georgetown University Press. At Michigan, he previously served as Director of the Program in the Environment and as Interim Dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment. In 2007, he received the Daniel Elazar Award for Career Contribution to the Study of Federalism from the American Political Science Association. In 2009, he was named a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

  • Education
    • University of Chicago, Ph.D. (Political Science)
    • University of Chicago, M.A. (Political Science)
    • Carthage College, B.A. (History)
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