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Frank Laird, Associate Professor

Josef Korbel School of International Studies Professor Frank LairdEmail: [email protected]

Phone: 303-871-4462

Office: 2012 Sie International Relations Complex
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208

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  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BA, Middlebury College

Research and Expertise

Energy policy, especially with respect to renewable energy; environmental policy, especially with respect to climate change; science and technology policy; democracy and science policy.

Professional Profile

  • Associate Professor of Technology and Public Policy; Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (2015-2018), Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
  • Interdisciplinary Programs in Health, Harvard School of Public Health (1985-1987)
  • National Science Foundation research grants (1991-1992, 1998-2000, 2006-2008)
  • Consultant, Center for Nanotechnology and Society, Arizona State University (2005-2008)
  • Public Policy Committee, American Solar Energy Society (1999-2008), chair of committee (2002-2004)
  • Board of Directors, American Solar Energy Society (2002-2004)
  • Review Panel, Ethics and Values in Science Program, National Science Foundation (1993-1996)
  • Contributing Editor, "Science, Technology & Human Values" (1993-1996)
  • Faculty Affiliate, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado (2001-present)
  • Academic Advisory Board and Senior Faculty Associate, Center for Science, Policy and Outcomes, Arizona State University (1998-2003)

Recent Publications

Laird, Frank N. (2016). Avoiding Transitions, Layering Change: The Evolution of American Energy Policy. in Energy Transition Comparative Perspective: Germany's Path to a Sustainable Future. Edited by Carol Hager and Christoph Stefes, 111-131. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Berry, Michael, Frank N. Laird, and Christoph Stefes. (2015). Driving Energy: The Enactment and Ambitiousness of State Renewable Energy Policy. Journal of Public Policy 35 (2):297-328.

Howard, Daniel J. and Frank N. Laird. 2013. The New Normal in Funding University Science. Issues in Science and Technology 30 no. 1 (Fall 2013): 71-76.

Laird, Frank N. Against transitions? Uncovering Conflicts in Changing Energy Systems. Science as Context 22 (2) (2013): 188-195.

Laird, F. & Stefes, C. (2009). The diverging paths of German and U.S. policies for renewable energy: Sources of difference. Energy Policy, 37(7), 2619-2629.

Laird, F. (2009). A full-court press for renewable energy. Issues in Science and Technology, 25(2), 53-56.

Laird, F. (2008). Learning contested lessons: Participation equity and electric utility regulation. Review of Policy Research, 25(5), 429-448.


  • INTS 3000: Research Methodologies
  • INTS 4750: The Policy Making Process
  • INTS 4972: Global Environmental Governance