Howard R. Ernst, Ph.D.

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Howard R. Ernst
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ssor of Political Science and Chair of the Political Science Department of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland. Dr. Ernst teaches classes in environmental policy, energy policy, and directs the Honors Program within the Naval Academy's Political Science Department. He also represents University of Virginia's Center for Politics as a Senior Scholar in the area of environmental policy and directs the Environmental Leadership Program at Gettysburg College's Eisenhower Institute where he is the Seiden-Levi Fellow of Public Policy. Dr. Ernst received his Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia in the spring of 2000. While at University of Virginia, Dr. Ernst received several of the school’s highest academic awards, including: the Governor's Fellowship and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship. In 2004, Dr. Ernst received an honorable mention for the Naval Academy’s highest teaching award. Dr. Ernst’s research focuses on the American political system and gives close attention to citizen influence over the environmental policy process. He has published six books and numerous academic articles. While his interdisciplinary research spans multiple academic fields, Dr. Ernst has developed a national reputation for his work in the area of environmental policy and natural resource management. He is currently researching the determinants of environmental behavior and energy conservation. Other ongoing research projects include the radical environmental movement in the United States, public opinion formation regarding sea-level rise, and the influence of negative elite cues on public opinion regarding environmental issues. His environmental policy books have been adopted in courses as diverse as a graduate seminar at Yale University’s School of Forestry, New York University’s School of Law, and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Geography and Environmental Engineering, in addition to dozens of public policy courses taught in political science departments throughout the country. His books have been highlighted in numerous media outlets, including the Washington Post, National Public Radio, C-SPAN, Voice of America, and a PBS Frontline documentary. Ernst’s work has resulted in invitations to testify before Congress and to guest lecture at institutions such as Case Western Reserve, University of Virginia, Yale University, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Institute, and other centers of higher education. Professor Ernst has traveled around the world twice with the Institute for Shipboard Education's Semester at Sea Program.