David M Konisky


Associate Professor


McCourt School of Public Policy
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David Konisky is Associate Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University. David’s research focuses on American politics and public policy, with particular emphasis on regulation, environmental politics and policy, state politics, and public opinion. His research has been published in various journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Public Opinion Quarterly. David is the author of two books: Superfund’s Future: What Will it Cost? (RFF Press, 2001, with Kate Probst) and Cheap and Clean: How Americans Think about Energy in the Age of Global Warming (MIT Press, 2014, with Steve Ansolabehere), and the editor of a third book, Failed Promises: Evaluating the Federal Government's Response to Environmental Justice (MIT Press, 2015).

David is currently working on projects examining enforcement of federal environmental laws, environmental justice, and public attitudes toward energy and environmental issues.

Prior to coming to Georgetown, David was on the faculty of the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. He also previously was a Research Associate at Resources for the Future.


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  • Ph.D. (2006) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Political Science
  • M.E.M. (1998) Yale University, Environmental Management
  • M.A. (1998) Yale University, International Relations
  • A.B. (1995) Washington University in St. Louis, History; Environmental Studies