Michael E. Kraft
Michael E. Kraft is Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs in the Department of Public and Environmental Affairs and Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Riverside, and he received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from Yale University. He has taught at UW-Green Bay since 1977 and has held visiting faculty appointments at Oberlin College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He teaches courses on environmental politics and policy, public policy analysis, Congress, and environmental science and policy. Among other works, he is author of Environmental Policy and Politics (5th ed., Pearson Longman 2010 ); co-author of Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives (CQ Press, 3rd edition, 2010); and co-editor and contributing author of Environmental Policy (CQ Press, 7th ed., 2010); Business and Environmental Policy (MIT Press, 2007); Toward Sustainable Communities: Transition and Transformations in Environmental Policy (MIT Press, 2nd ed. 2009); and Public Reactions to Nuclear Waste: Citizens' Views of Repository Siting (Duke University Press, 1993). He also serves as co-editor (with Sheldon Kamieniecki) of a book series, American and Comparative Environmental Policy, at MIT Press. His research interests focus on U.S. environmental policy and politics, and his most recent project focuses on the role of information disclosure in improving corporate environmental performance in the United States. It uses the federal Toxics Release Inventory program to examine trends in toxic chemical releases and risk reduction at some 10,000 industrial facilities nationwide and the reasons for variation among firms, communities, and states. This research was funded by the National Science Foundation, and a book on the project, Coming Clean: Information Disclosure and Environmental Performance, will be released by MIT Press in fall of 2010.