Politics Faculty

Daniel M Press
  • Title
    • Professor of Environmental Studies
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
    • Social Sciences Division
  • Affiliations Politics Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Office Location
    • Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, 429
  • Office Hours Currently on leave of absence
  • Mail Stop Environmental Studies
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Courses ENVS 140, National Environmental Policy; ENVS 196B, Methods in Environmental Policy Analysis; ENVS 100, Ecology and Society; ENVS 240, Policy and Conservation; ENVS 146, Water Quality, Policy and Management

Summary of Expertise

Environmental policy, especially land use in California, water quality regulation, greening of industry.

Research Interests

Environmental politics and policy, with a focus on the U.S.; land preservation, water quality regulation and management, industrial ecology, policy analysis.

Biography, Education and Training

B.S. Fermentation Science (emphasis on enology), University of California, Davis, 1984.
M.A. Public Policy, The Claremont Graduate University, 1988.
PhD. Political Science, The Claremont Graduate University, 1992.

Honors, Awards and Grants

Olga T. Griswold Professor of Environmental Studies, 2007-2017
Golden Apple Teaching Award, Social Sciences Division, 2008
Co-Chair, Pepper-Giberson Endowed Chair in Environmental Studies, 1996-2002
Excellence in Teaching, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1996

Selected Publications


Carlisle, L, de Wit, MM, DeLonge, MS, Calo, A, Getz, C, Ory, J, Munden-Dixon, K, Galt, R, Melone, B, Knox, R, Iles, A and Press, D. 2019. Securing the future of US agriculture: The case for investing in new entry sustainable farmers. Elem Sci Anth, 7: 17. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.356

American Environmental Policy: The Failures of Compliance, Abatement and Mitigation. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, Inc., 2015. 


Brian M. Dowd, Daniel Press and Marc Los Huertos. "Agricultural Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Policy: the Case of California's Central Coast."  Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, Volume 128, no. 3, November 2008, Pages 151-161.


“Industry, Environmental Policy and Environmental Outcomes.” Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 32, 2007.


Saving Open Space: The Politics of Local Preservation in California, Berkeley, CA: UC Press, 2002.


Democratic Dilemmas in the Age of Ecology: Trees and Toxics in the American West, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1994.


Teaching Interests

National environmental policy; environmental policy analysis; water quality regulation and management, graduate environmental policy research design.