Political Science, BRNG
Leigh Raymond is a Professor of Political Science at Purdue University and a founding member and Associate Director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from U.C. Berkeley, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University. Prior to his arrival at Purdue in 2002, he taught for two years as a Lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Raymond's research focuses on the role of norms and values in shaping political behavior and policy outcomes, especially in contrast to economic motivations. His primary focus has been on norms and values related to property rights as they affect market-based policies for environmental protection, including emissions trading, as considered in detail in his 2003 book Private Rights in Public Resources. Recently, he has completed two multi-year NSF-funded studies of state environmental policies, one addressing the role of norms of precaution on policies toward environmental risk, the other on how moral and other frames influence state policies related to renewable fuels. He is currently conducting research on the role of economic versus and non-economic frames in shaping farmer interest in conservation tillage, and a project on framing climate science. He is also at work on a new book on recent developments in emissions trading policy.
Dr. Raymond teaches regularly at the undergraduate and graduate level, primarily on courses related to the environment and public policy. He has co-organized a workshop on public policy and political theory at Purdue since 2004, and has taught a number of interdisciplinary courses, often with faculty from other colleges. Dr. Raymond has advised several undergraduate organizations related to environmental issues at Purdue, and is Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Political Science. He was also a winner of the Kenneth T. Kofmehl Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in the College of Liberal Arts for 2011-12.