Michael Lerner is a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science department and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He studies comparative environmental politics with a broad interest in questions related to challenges and strategies for adopting timely policy responses to environmental change. His research focuses in particular on policy advocacy, including corporate lobbying on climate change and the effects of transnational advocacy networks on the innovation and diffusion of environmental policy. He have published my work in the American Journal of Political Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and other peer-reviewed journals.
Lerner's dissertation examines the impact of transnational advocacy on the development of national environmental policy. Through this project, I aim to understand the circumstances under which interactions between policymakers and transnational advocates systematically lead to increased government leadership in the adoption and spread of new environmental policies.
Before coming to the University of Michigan, Lerner worked as a research associate at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington DC. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan in Political Science and French with a minor in Earth and Environmental Studies.
Lerner, Michael. February 2019. Review of Defending Giants: The Redwood Wars and the Transformation of American Environmental Politics by Darren Frederick Speece. National Political Science Review 20 (1).
Basile, Samantha, Michael Lerner, and Keyon Rostamnezhad. December 2018. “Boost University Voices at COP24 UN Climate Meeting.” Nature 564 (7734): 39.
Cory, Jared, Michael Lerner, and Iain Osgood. 2020. “Supply Chain Linkages and the Extended Carbon Coalition.” American Journal of Political Science.
Lerner, Michael. “Local Power: Understanding the Adoption and Design of County Wind Energy Regulation.” [under review]
Gard-Murray, Alexander and Michael Lerner. “Hurricane Fatigue: Recent Extreme Weather Diminishes Attention to Climate Change.” [under review]
Lerner, Michael and Charles R. Shipan. “Political Institutions and the Durability of Environmental Policy.”
B.A. University of Michigan