Leah Stokes

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Political Science



Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science; Faculty Affiliate, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management 


Leah Stokes conducts qualitative and quantitative research that examines renewable energy politics across North America, international environmental negotiations dealing with mercury and climate change, and environmental behavior change campaigns.  As part of this research, she wrote and evaluated The Mercury Game, a global environmental negotiation simulation used in more than 100 universities worldwide.

Leah's research has been published in The American Journal of Political Science, Energy PolicyEnvironmental Science & Technology, and Global Environmental Politics.  She has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Martin Family Fund, and the MIT Energy Initiative.  Prior to academia, she worked at the Parliament of Canada, Resources for the Future, and the Initiative for Policy Dialogue.  She holds a BSc from the University of Toronto, an MPA from Columbia University, and an MA in Political Science and a PhD in Public Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 


political behavior; public policy; energy politics; environmental politics; negotiation; the use of games related to political behavior


The Mercury Negotiation Simulation (2013).  Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School.  Available for free download: http://mercurygame.scripts.mit.edu/game/


Selin, N. E., Stokes, L. C., & Susskind, L. E. (2016). The need for climate science education to build policy literacy. WIREs Climate Change.

​Stokes, L. C., & Selin, N. E. (2016). The Mercury Game: ​E​valuating a negotiation simulation that teaches students about science-policy interactions. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 6(3), 597–605. http://doi.org/10.1007/s13412-014-0183-y

Stokes, L. C., Selin, N. E., & Susskind, L. (2013). The Mercury Negotiation Simulation. Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School. Available for free download: http://mercurygame.scripts.mit.edu/game/