Daniel M Press

TitleProfessor of Environmental Studies,
Executive Director, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentEnvironmental Studies Department,
Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems
AffiliationsPolitics Department
Office429 ISB
Office HoursFall 2017: Tuesdays 10:00 AM -12:00 PM in 429 ISB
Campus Mail StopEnvironmental Studies
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Daniel M Press

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


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.

Courses Taught

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