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Dr. Eric Lindquist

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Dr. Eric Lindquist is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Service. He is currently on sabbatical for the Fall 2023 semester. Previously, he was on leave from SPS (August 2020 – August 2023) serving as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, in the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program.

Dr. Lindquist’s research interests are in public policy and decision processes, agenda setting, problem definition, earth systems governance, and the impact of focusing events on public policy, as well as environmental policy and science and technology policy. His current and sabbatical research project takes a policy history perspective in the context of scientific internationalization during the Cold War: “Atomic entomology as scientific diplomacy: the Sterile Insect Technique in an international and historical context.” 

Previous research projects have focused on large scale policy making related to extreme hazards and near-Earth objects, Big Data and decision making, 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. Dr. Lindquist was Director of Boise State’s Public Policy Research Center from 2012 to 2017. Prior to joining Boise State University, he was the Associate Director for the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy in the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University and held a joint appointment with the Texas Transportation Institute, where he worked in the areas of transportation planning and policy.

In the School of Public Service, Dr. Lindquist teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in public administration and policy, policy theory, climate change and environmental policy, urban planning, transportation and infrastructure, and has taught the MPA Capstone course. He developed the “Data Ethics and Policy Lab,” the first social science-focused VIP course for the School of Innovation and Design. Previously, Dr. Lindquist taught political science, public policy, and urban planning courses for Texas A&M University, and the Science and Technology Policy and Politics course and Capstone seminars for the Bush School of Government’s Master of Public Service and Administration Program.

Dr. Lindquist has published in Political Research Quarterly, Public Administration Review, Hydrological Sciences Journal, Conservation Biology, Systems Dynamics Review, Regional Environmental Change, Review of Policy Research and other peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Lindquist has a Bachelor’s of Science in Geography, a Master’s of Urban Planning, and a PhD in Political Science, all from Texas A&M University.

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Office Hours: by appointment only, on sabbatical Fall 2023 semester