Matthew Cahn has been
a Professor of Public Policy at California State University, Northridge since
1991. Over the years he has taught at several universities in the southern
California region, including UCSB’s Bren
School of Environmental Science and Management and
USC's program in Environmental
Studies. His research
interests include environmental management, public policy, and California
Studies. He is Director of the Center for
Southern California Studies at CSUN, and he is currently serving as the
Chair of the Department of Political Science.
His most recent book includes
Strategic Planning in Environmental Regulation: A Policy Approach that Works
(co-authored with Sheldon Kamieniecki and Steve Cohen, The MIT Press, 2005). His
current research includes on Linking Science to
Decision Making in Environmental Policy: Bridging the Disciplinary Gap
(MIT, forthcoming with Larry Becker). This project examines the tensions
between science and policy, using the question of marine protected areas in the
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) as a case study. Matt served
as Chair of the Marine Reserve Science Advisory Panel working with the CINMS
process, and is a member of the Sanctuary Advisory Council. The CINMS resides
within NOAA, in the U.S. Department of Commerce. And, he is working on a 2nd
edition of Rethinking California: Politics and
Policy in the Golden State (Prentice Hall, with Eric Schockman and David
of this web site is five-fold:
To provide materials in
support of my classes -- including class materials, supplemental reading, distribution
of class notes and handouts, and a gateway to data and public agency and
non-profits sites related to course content.
To provide access to my research
for professional, class, and community support.
To provide access to the applied
policy areas that I am involved with.
To provide a list of resources
available for community groups, contracts, and grants.
And, to serve as a starting
point for all users with an interest in public
policy, the environment, and California
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