Hi. I'm Gwen. I'm an assistant professor of environmental policy in University of California, Davis's Department of Environmental Science and Policy. At UC Davis, I am affiliated with the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior. I am also an affiliated faculty member at Indiana University's Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.

In 2012 I graduated from Indiana University's public policy PhD, a joint degree program housed in the Department of Political Science and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. My advisor and commitee chair was Dr. Elinor Ostrom. To learn more about her amazing life, this video is a good place to start.

Currently, my substantive research interests are high-volume hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and wetland management. These are the contexts in which I investigate unanswered, societally important questions about local government decision-making; federalism, particularly involving localities; governance networks; policy entrepreneurship; and policy learning, adoption, implementation, and diffusion. 

I enjoy teaching and take it seriously. Many students pay for their education with expensive loans and significant personal sacrifice. University instructors need to offer them educational opportunities commensurately valuable.

In my spare time I can be found swimming, biking, and hanging out with dogs at Homeward Bound. Two of them have followed me home, and one of them insists on coming to work.

I can be reached at gbarnold@ucdavis.edu.

 

NEWS

6/13/17: Attendees at the 10th Annual Political Networks Workshops and Conference in Columbus, Ohio, will get to see the first products of a massive multi-year effort to collect and map data on information-sharing networks among participants in municipal fracking policymaking in New York. Check out the poster

5/4/17: A big thank you to the 2016-2017 research interns! From left to right: Eleni, Sarai, me, Eric, Meghan (grad student), Lana, Kelsey, Mina, Susie, and Ladan (and of course Doug). Not pictured: Heba, Madeline (grad student), Michael, Mingjun, Melissa, Nikita, and Vivian.