University of California,
of Political Science
Professor Eric R.A.N Smith
Office: Ellison 3711
Phone: Temporarily disconnected
Office Hrs: Winter, 2022 - Mondays & Wednesdays 1-2 and by appointment.
My office hour link is on Gauchospace for my students. Others may email me for the link or an appointment.
A Note for Graduate Student Applicants
I welcome prospective doctoral students interested in working with me.
If you would like to talk with me about our program and studying with
me, please feel free to contact me. The best way to do this is to email
me so that we can schedule an appointment for a telephone conversation
or a meeting if you are in the area.
My current research focuses primarily on environmental problems,
especially energy issues and climate change. However, I continue to do
research on public opinion, voting, gender and sexual identity issues, and the death penalty.
I strongly believe in mentoring graduate students by
collaborating with them on research projects. Earlier in my career, I
worked with graduate students on research projects on an ad hoc basis,
which I found enormously enjoyable. I now seek to coauthor papers with
all students who work with me. I cannot guarantee this outcome, but I
am committed to it.
To date, I have coauthored 29 articles and one book with 28 graduate students,
many of whom were coauthors on several papers. I have also coauthored
dozens of conference papers with an even larger number of graduate students. I also have other
works-in-progress that I expect to publish with other students in the near future.
Recent & Forthcoming Publications and Papers
Aaron Sparks, Colin Kuehl, Heather Hodges,
and Eric Smith, “The Incoherence of Sustainability Literacy Assessed with the Sulitest”
Nature Sustainability, 4 (2021): 4, 555–560.
Heather Hodges, Sarah Oliver, and Eric Smith, “Confidence in Local, National, and International
Scientists on Climate Change,” Sustainability, 13 (2021): 272-.
Aaron Sparks, Geoff Henderson, Shyam Sriram,and Eric Smith, “Measuring Environmental Values and Identity,”
Society & Natural Resources, 34 (2020): 294-310; DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2020.1817644.
Olivia Quinn, Amanda Brush, and Eric Smith, "A simple forecast suggests a Democratic sweep in 2020"
Washington Post, 7 July 2020.
- Noelle Nasif,
Shyam Sriram, and Eric Smith, "Racial Exclusion and Death Penalty Juries:
Can Death Penalty Juries Ever Be Representative?" Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, 27: 147-166, 2018.
"Early election forecast: Republicans could lose 38 seats and House majority,"
Washington Post, 10 January 2018.
- Juliet Carlisle, Jessica Feezell, Kristy Michaud, and Eric Smith,
The Politics of Energy Crises , Oxford University Press, 2017.
E. Hodges, Colin Kuehl, Eric Smith, and Aaron Sparks, “Delivering
Energy (Often) Requires Public Consent.” In Raphael Heffron and Gavin
Little (ed.), Delivering Energy Law and Policy in the EU and the US: A
Reader, Edinburgh, Scotland: University of Edinburgh Press, 2017
E. Cleveland, Lauren Copeland, Garrett Glasgow, Michael V. McGinnis,
and Eric Smith, “The Influence of Environmentalism on Attitudes toward
Local Agriculture and Urban Expansion.” Society & Natural Resources, 2016.
- Eric Smith, ““Michael Brune’s Misleading Optimism on Climate Change.” Environment, 57(2): 22-27, 12 February 2015.
- Heather E. Hodges and Eric Smith, “Public Reaction to Energy, Overview.” Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, Elsevier, 2013. On-line: 01-Nov-13 doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.01438-X..
Copeland and Eric Smith, “Political Consumerism: Individual Action on
Climate Change and Other Environmental Problems.” In Yael
Wolinsky-Nahmias (ed.), Climate Change Policy and Civic Society, Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2014, 197-217.
- Alison G. Keleher and Eric Smith, “Explaining the Growing Support
for Gay and Lesbian Equality since 1990.” Journal of Homosexuality, 59:1307–1327, 2012.
E. Carlisle, Jessica T. Feezell, Kristy E. H. Michaud, Eric Smith, and
Leeanna Smith,“Persuading the Public to Believe in Science.” People & Science, December 2010, 17.
- David Cleveland,
Paolo Gardinali, Michael McGinnis, John Mohr, Eric Smith, Megan Carney, and Lauren Copeland,
The Central Coast Survey 2010
E. Carlisle, Jessica T. Feezell,
Kristy E. H. Michaud, Eric Smith, and Leeanna Smith, "The Public's Trust
in Scientific Claims Regarding Offshore Oil Drilling."
Public Understanding of Science, 19: 514-27, 2010
Smith, "Think Again: Offshore Oil Drilling." Foreign Policy, August 30, 2010
- Eric Smith,
"Offshore oil drilling might make environmental sense" - Washington
Post, April 2, 2010, a17
Klick and Eric Smith, "Public Understanding of and Support for Wind
Power" - Renewable Energy , 35(July 2010): 1585-1591