Barry Rabe

Courtesy Appointment


Ph.D., University of Chicago (political science)
M.A., University of Chicago (social sciences)
B.A. Carthage College (history, urban studies)



Barry Rabe is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy; J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy at the Ford School of Public Policy; Professor of the Environment, College of Literature, Science and the Arts; Professor of Environmental Policy, School for Environment and Sustainability; and Professor of Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Barry's research examines the intersection of environmental protection and energy development in federal systems, with special interest in the role of American states and Canadian provinces in policy development and implementation. Much of his work in recent years has examined sub-federal climate policy and public opinion on climate issues, including ongoing collaboration in the development of the National Surveys on Energy and the Environment (NSEE). He has also expanded research in the past few years to consider policy issues related to state and local development of shale gas resources and serves on the 2013-14 National Research Council Committee on Risk Management and Governance Issues in Shale Gas Development.

  • “Energy Policy Durability,” Alfred Sloan Foundation and American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 2015-2016 (Co-investigator) 

  • “Great Lakes Policy Research Network Initiative,” Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2012-2014 (Co-principal investigator)

  • “Pricing Carbon: Provincial Formation of Energy and Climate Policy,” Canadian Studies Faculty Research Grant Program, 2010-2012 (Principal investigator)

  • “State and Nation: Michigan Opinion on Climate Change in a National Context,” Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, University of Michigan, 2010-11.

  • “The National Conference on Climate Governance,” Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and Oak Hill Foundation, in collaboration with the Miller Center of Public Affairs, 2008-2010. (Project Director)

  • Daniel Levine Memorial Lecture, American University School of Public Affairs, 2016.

  • Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2015.

  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Carthage College, 2014.

  • Faculty Speaker, 89th Annual Honors Convocation of the University of Michigan, 2012.

  • J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, 2012-present.

Select publications: 

  • Co-Chair, National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology Subcommittee on Assumable Waters, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2015-16.

  • Presidential Transition 2016 Panel on Collaboration Across Boundaries, National Academy of Public Administration, 2015-16. 

  • Committee on Risk Management and Governance Issues in Shale Gas Development, National Research Council, 2013-14

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