I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies at Davidson College, which is located just north of Charlotte, NC. At Davidson, I teach courses in American Politics, Environmental Social Sciences, Environmental Politics, Citizens, Consumers, and the Environment, the Politics of Information, and Methods and Statistics in Political Science.
My research centers on business, government, and civil society responses to environmental challenges. I am particularly focused on the emergence of “information-based” environmental governance strategies, one of the most prominent developments in environmental policy and management over the last 25 years. These strategies include eco-labels on products or environmental rankings of companies, and have been initiated by a wide range of actors around the world.
In my research, I investigate the factors that are driving the popularity of these strategies, and analyze different perspectives on their individual and collective effectiveness. I also explore how citizens and consumers respond to these strategies, and how these programs develop across different economic, regional and national contexts. I am also interested in better understanding the management of these programs, the nature and quality of the public goods they claim to produce, their relationship with regulation and other forms of governance, and the role of policy entrepreneurs in their emergence, evolution, and innovation.
I completed my PhD in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley, and have a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. My undergraduate degree is in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (with a Five-Year Certificate in East Asian Studies) from Princeton University.
This site provides more details about my work relating to these topics, as well as more general information about my professional and academic background. You can also learn more about my research on the website of the Sustainability Information Lab, which I created at Davidson College as a hub for research on the politics, psychology, and performance of sustainability information. If you have an interest in these areas, please do not hesitate to leave a comment or contact me at graham7 at gmail.com.