Political Science

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Kristy Michaud

Dr. Kristy Michaud
Full-time Faculty
(818) 677-4773
Office location:
ST 222



Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara (2007)

Courses Taught

POLS 155 American Political Institutions
POLS 355 American National, State, and Local Governments
POLS 361 Introduction to Public Policy
POLS 445 Political Behavior
POLS 461 Environmental Policy
POLS 490CA Title V California State and Local Government
POLS 498C Political Science Internship Program
POLS 540B Seminar in American Political Behavior

Selected Publications

Carlisle, Juliet E., Jessica T. Feezell, Kristy E.H. Michaud, Eric R.A.N. Smith, and Leanna Smith. 2010. “The Public’s Trust in Scientific Claims Regarding Offshore Oil Drilling, Public Understanding of Science 19 (Fall 2010): 514-527.

Kurland, Nancy B., Kristy E.H. Michaud, Mechelle, Best, Erica Wohldmann, Helen Cox, Kyriakos Pontikis, Ashwani Vasishth. 2010. “Overcoming Silos: The Role of an Interdisciplinary Course in Shaping a Sustainability Network, Academy of Management Learning and Education 9 (Fall 2010): 457-476.

Michaud, Kristy E.H., Juliet E. Carlisle, and Eric R.A.N. Smith. 2009. “The Relationship between Cultural Values and Political Ideology, and the Role of Political Knowledge,” Political Psychology 30 (Winter 2009): 27-42.

Michaud, Kristy E.H., Juliet E. Carlisle, and Eric R.A.N. Smith. 2008. “Nimbyism vs. environmentalism in attitudes toward energy development,” Environmental Politics 17 (Winter 2008): 20-39.

Research and Interests

Environmental politics and policy with a focus on climate change, energy, and sustainability policy; public opinion and political behavior; public administration and the policy process

Dr. Michaud’s research agenda largely focuses on the factors that shape environmental attitudes and policy outcomes. She is currently completing work on two book projects. One book is the second edition of an environmental policymaking text that exposes the tensions between American political culture and environmental regulation in an effort to make the environmental policy discourse more effective. The second book explores the influence of public opinion and political behavior on energy policy during energy crises. She is also working on a project that explores the application of Terror Management Theory to environmental attitudes. In this project, she and a colleague test whether making one’s mortality salient helps explain variation in support for environmental policies. Her publications include a Political Psychology article that explores the relationship between cultural values and political ideology, and the role of political knowledge, a Public Understanding of Science article that tests the source content and credibility hypotheses to assess how much confidence people have in reports about scientific studies of the safety of offshore oil drilling along the California coast, and an Environmental Politics article that explores whether public opposition to oil drilling is a NIMBY (not in my backyard) response characterized by self-interest, or whether opposition is actually a display of environmental concern more generally.

Dr. Michaud was appointed as the Director of the CSUN College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Center for Southern California Studies in 2014. As the director, , she supports the CSCS’s mission to provide research, education, and service on public policy issues facing Southern California. She is working to bring together researchers from across the CSUN campus and the surrounding community to study policy options (and public support for various options) that will allow the greater Los Angeles area to adapt to the impacts of climate change.