Guest post from new editor-in-chief, David Konisky

Environmental Politics is unique. The journal provides space for scholars from across disciplines and from across the world to publish their best work about the environment. Political theorists and empirical social scientists are equally at home in the journal, and collectively create an engaging and ongoing conversation about the politics of the environment.

At Environmental Politics there is a common understanding that the challenges we face (and create) through our interactions with the natural world are central to our present and to our future. Whether the topic is climate change, species extinction, or environmental justice, authors who publish their work in Environmental Politics think about the environment as more than a policy issue. The articles that the journal publishes speak to larger questions about democracy, inequality, collective action, political power, and more.

I have always viewed Environmental Politics as a journal that fills a crucial need in the field, which is why I am so excited to take on the role as Editor-in-Chief.

Before looking ahead, allow me first to recognize John Meyer’s terrific stewardship of the journal over the past few years. As a member of the editorial team during this time, I can directly attest to his professionalism, ethical leadership, and commitment to bringing new perspectives to the journal. I would also like to recognize the tremendous years of service that Sikina Jinnah and Graeme Hayes gave to the journal as editors.

Moving forward, I am fortunate to take on the Editor-in-Chief role at a time when Environmental Politics is doing really well. Authors are submitting more manuscripts, global readership is growing, and the journal’s impact metrics are improving.

I am also excited to carry the torch forward alongside Prakash Kashwan and Sherilyn MacGregor who are continuing as editors, and to welcome four new editors: Liam Beiser-McGrath, Xue Gao, Louisa Parks, and Clare Saunders.

We have a great team, and we are committed to sustaining and building on the previous successes of the journal and doing our part to advance the best theoretical and empirical research in environmental politics.

Bio: David Konisky is the Lynton K Caldwell Professor at the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. He has published widely in the areas of U.S. environmental politics and policy, regulation, federalism, environmental justice, and public opinion. He has authored or edited six books, including Failed Promises: Evaluating the Federal Government’s Response to Environmental Justice (MIT Press, 2015), Cheap and Clean: How Americans Think about Energy in the Age of Global Warming (MIT Press, 2014, with Steve Ansolabehere), and, most recently, Fifty Years at the US Environmental Protection Agency: Progress, Retrenchment, and Opportunities (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021, with Jim Barnes and John Graham). At Indiana University, he has affiliations with the Ostrom Workshop, the Department of Political Science, the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society, and the Environmental Resilience Institute. He joined the Environmental Politics editorial team in February 2021, and began as Editor-in-Chief in January 2024.

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