Dr. Eric Lindquist is the Director of the Lindquist Policy Research Group and an Associate Professor in the School of Public Service. Dr. Lindquist’s research interests are in public policy and decision processes, agenda setting, earth systems governance, and the impact of focusing events on public policy, as well as environmental policy and science and technology policy. His recent projects focus on wildfire risk perception in the Wildland-Urban Interface, the use of vulnerability assessments in natural resource decision making, and on the policy implications from nanomanufacturing. He has conducted research on climate change policy and the use of climate science in intergovernmental decision making, as well as the public policy implications of nanotechnology, electric vehicle infrastructure, and nuclear detection technology.
Graduate Research Assistant
Kimberly Gardner is a proud native Idahoan who is passionate about Idaho’s public lands and all they have to offer. She began working at the Public Policy Research Center in the summer of 2015, researching the broad and complex relationships within and among local, national, and global food systems.
After high school, Kimberly left Boise for Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota. There she found a passion for helping women in abusive relationships navigate through the intimidating and complicated legal and bureaucratic “red tape” that they encounter when trying to change their lives for the better.
Taking a respite from school, she entered the private sector at Xerox where she took the lead in defining best practices for the shipping dock and rebuilding the relationship with its major client.
After returning home, she received her B.S. in Political Science from Boise State University and then a Master’s in Public Policy from Baylor University where she focused on Constitutional Law and the thought of the master of all things political, Aristotle. She has had the privilege of introducing freshmen students at Boise State University to Western Political Thought with the University’s foundational studies program and will continue to teach a new foundation studies class on climate change. When Kimberly is not wrapping her head around food systems questions, she is co-leading reading groups which have included readings from Plato, The Gospel of Matthew, Heidegger, and Nietzsche. Although no longer professionally engaged in domestic violence advocacy or study in political philosophy, questions of gender, equity and a humane life are never far from her mind.
Her spare time is either spent in the mountains or the desert with her husband and two children, talking sci-fi with her Dad, or sipping coffee with her mom.