David J. Sousa
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Sousa studies U.S. political institutions and public policy, with an emphasis on environmental policy. His environmental policy work focuses on the ways that the efforts of environmentalists have transformed the polity and how, despite legislative gridlock, vigorous opposition from the right, and a rightward drift in American politics generally, environmentalists have continued to use all of the vantage points created by the legislative victories of the 1960s and 1970s to force a “green drift” – a slow, halting, and hotly contested drift of policy in directions favored by environmentalists. His current research focuses on environmentalists’ uses of the Endangered Species Act to force established interests to accommodate the politics of environmental concern. Sousa has served as Associate Director for Policy for the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, where he focused on challenges to diversity in higher education after the ending of affirmative action in Washington state, providing in-state tuition to undocumented graduates of Washington high schools, and accountability in higher education.