Barry Rabe

Barry G. Rabe

Nonresident Senior Fellow – Governance Studies

Barry Rabe is a political scientist who studies environmental and climate politics and policy. His primary academic appointment is as the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Rabe also holds a university-wide Arthur Thurnau Professorship in recognition of his contributions to undergraduate education and courtesy appointments in the Department of Political Science and the School for Environment and Sustainability.

His books include Trump, the Administrative Presidency, and Federalism (Brookings Press, 2020), Can We Price Carbon? (MIT Press, 2018), Greenhouse Governance (Brookings Press, 2010), Statehouse and Greenhouse (Brookings Press, 2004), Beyond NIMBY (Brookings Press, 1993), and When Federalism Works (Brookings Press, 1986). He has received four research awards from the American Political Science Association, including the 2017 Martha Derthick Award for authoring a book with enduring impact on the study of federalism, in honor of Statehouse and Greenhouse. In 2021, he received the Louis Brownlow Award from the National Academy of Public Administration for the best book on public administration for Trump, the Administrative Presidency, and Federalism and the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration in honor of career impact on scholarship and policy. He is currently examining the politics of short-lived climate pollutants, including methane and hydrofluorocarbons, for a book titled The Other Gases, and is preparing a revised edition of Environmental Policy, a CQ/SAGE textbook he co-edits with Michael Kraft.

Rabe is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, where he has served on panels advising the Secretaries of Commerce and Interior and the Governor of Oklahoma. He was the first social scientist to receive a Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and co-chaired an agency advisory board during the Obama Administration. He is regularly quoted and cited in the media, including the New York Times, Economist, Washington Post, Financial Times, E&E News, and National Public Radio.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Climate and environmental politics and policy; federalism and intergovernmental relations; state politics and policy; public management and policy implementation
  • Current Positions

    • J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy, University of Michigan
  • Education

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