"I read with special interest the chapter on environmental journalism, which describes with accuracy and wisdom the dangerous decline of reporting..."
- Bill McKibben

"Professor Ernst's new concept--the political dead zone--will change the way people think about environmental politics."
- Robert Kennedy Jr.

"Exceptionally rich and insightful analysis..."
- Michael Kraft

"Nobody writes about environmental politics with more clarity or understanding." 
- Larry Sabato, UVa

Sabato, Larry J. and Howard R. Ernst (2014).
Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections, Second Edition. New York: Facts on File, Inc. 

Ernst, Howard R. (2009). Fight for the Bay: Why a Dark Green Environmental Awakening is Needed to Save the Chesapeake Bay.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Doherty, Ernst, Frantzich, and Zotti, contributing editors. 2009.  Clash of Ideals: Cases in American Political Development. Balt., MD: Lanahan, Inc. 

Frantzich, Stephen E. and Howard R. Ernst. 2008. The Political Science Toolbox: A Research Companion to American Government. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 

Sabato, Larry J. and Howard R. Ernst, eds. 2006. Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections. New York: Facts on File, Inc. 

Ernst, Howard R. 2003. Chesapeake Bay Blues: Science, Politics, and the Struggle to Save the Bay. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 

Sabato, Larry J., Howard R. Ernst, and Bruce A. Larson, eds. 2001. Dangerous Democracy? The Battle over Ballot Initiatives in America.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.  

Book Chapters

Ernst, Howard R. (2011). "The Political Deadzone in Chesapeake Bay." In Regional Planning for a Sustainable America: How Creative Programs are Promoting Prosperity and Saving the Environment. Edited by Carleton Montgomery. Rutgers University Press. 

Mills, Brendon J. and Howard R. Ernst (2011). “Maritime Eco-Extremism Reconsidered: Understanding Fourth Generation Eco-Extremism in the Modern Media Age.” In Market Responses to Piracy, Terrorism and Waterborne Risks in the 21st Century, edited by Claude Berube and Patrick Cullen. Routledge Press.

Ernst, Howard R. 2009. “Popular Sovereignty v. Rule of Law: The Philosophical Foundations of the Dorr War, 1842.” In Clash of Ideals: Cases in American Political Development, Brendan J. Doherty, Howard R. Ernst, Stephen E. Frantzich, and Priscilla H. Machado Zotti, contributing editors. Baltimore, MD: Lanahan Publishers, Inc. 

Ernst, Howard R. 2001. “The Historical Role of Narrow-Material Interests in Initiative Politics.” In Dangerous Democracy? The Battle over Ballot Initiatives in America, edited by Larry J. Sabato, Howard R. Ernst, and Bruce A. Larson. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Sabato, Larry J., Howard R. Ernst, and Bruce A. Larson. 2001. “A Call for Change: Making the Best of Initiative Politics.” In Dangerous Democracy? The Battle over Ballot Initiatives in America, edited by Larry J. Sabato, Howard R. Ernst, and Bruce A. Larson. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Journal Articles and Peer Reviewed Monographs

Patrick Caton, Howard Ernst, Karen Flack, Joseph Smith, and Kurtis Swope. Fall 2017. "Amping-Up Pedagogy through Interdisciplinary Instruction:  A Study of the Effects of Interdisciplinary Instruction on Undergraduate Attitudes and Values Related to Energy Issues at the U.S. Naval Academy." Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. 

Akerlof, Karen, Katherine Rowan, Todd La Porte, Brian Batten, Howard Ernst, and Dann Sklarew. 2016. “Risky Business: Engaging the Public on Sea Level Rise and Inundation.” Environmental Science and Policy

Deshpande, Nick, and Howard R. Ernst. 2011. “Countering Eco-Terrorism in the United States: The Case of Operation Backfire.” Final Report to Human Factors/Behavioral Sciences Division, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. College Park, MD: START.

Ernst, Howard R. 2008. “A Call to Arms: Thomas Dorr’s Forceful Effort to Implement the People’s Constitution.” Rhode Island History. Providence, RI: Rhode Island Historical Society.  

Finkel, Stephen and Howard R. Ernst. 2005. “Civic Education and the Development of Political Knowledge and Democratic Orientations in Post-Apartheid South Africa.” Political Psychology (Vol. 26, No. 3, pp. 333-364).  

Ernst, Howard R. and Tracey Ernst. 2005. “The Promise and Pitfalls of Differentiated Instruction for Undergraduate Political Science Courses: Student and Instructor Impressions of an Unconventional Teaching Strategy.” The Journal of Political Science Education (January-April: Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 39-57).  

Ernst, Howard R. 1993.  “Talking to Myself.” The Lehigh Review (Vol. 2, pp. 5-11).


Ernst, Howard (April 2, 2017). "Long Reach of Kepone Shows Need for Government Oversight." The Capital (editorial). 

Ernst, Howard (November 21, 2009). "A Ray of Hope." The Capital (editorial).

Winegrad, Gerald and Howard Ernst (May 22, 2009). "A Bay Full of Broken Promises." Washington Post (editorial).

Kennedy, Robert F. Jr. and Howard Ernst (January 24, 2008). “Maryland’s Dirty Secrets.” Baltimore Sun (editorial).

Ernst, Howard (January/February 2006). “More Willpower, Less Wishful Thinking Needed for Bay Cleanup.” Bay Journal (editorial).
Ernst, Howard (June 9, 2005). “Take a 1,000 Year Lease on the Bay.” Bay Weekly (editorial).

Ernst, Howard (October 17, 2004). “Why the Chesapeake Isn’t Getting Better.” Washington Post (editorial).

Ernst, Howard (April, 2004). “Bay Program Must Account for Overstated Numbers.” Bay Journal (editorial).

Ernst, Howard (December 11, 2003). “Imagine…” Bay Weekly (editorial).

Ernst, Howard (October, 2003). “In Latest Struggle over Sensible Regulations, Crabs End Up Losers.” Bay Journal (editorial).

Ernst, Howard (June 26, 2003). “Down the Drain.” Baltimore Sun (editorial).