Michael Fotos

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Lecturer in Political Science


Dr. Michael A. Fotos, III, BA, MPA, Ph.D. is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Environmental Studies and Lecturer in Political Science. He was previously on the faculty of the graduate public policy program at Trinity College in Hartford CT.

His teaching and research aim at providing greater understanding of the applications of political theory to institutional design, constitutional choice, and policy analysis. Earlier work focused on coal mining regulation, voter turnout, and ecosystem services.

Dr. Fotos was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia and presently lives in West Hartford, Connecticut. He is a 1978 graduate of Yale College and a Fellow of Berkeley College. Dr. Fotos is a founding faculty volunteer and presently serves on the board of the Warrior-Scholar Project, a national non-profit founded at Yale whose mission is to provide enlisted veterans with the skills and confidence needed to succeed in college.


115 Prospect Street, Room 103
PO Box 208301, New Haven CT 06520-8301
Cell: (860)690-8614


  • PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2000
  • MC-MPA, Harvard University, 1990
  • BA, Yale College, 1978



Courses Taught at Yale

  • EVST 060 Topics in Environmental Justice
  • EP&E 390/EVST 212/PLSC 212 Democracy and Sustainability
  • EP&E 248/PLSC 256 American Political Institutions
  • EVST 496 Senior Research Project and Colloquium


  • 2019. “Electoral College or Direct Election: Structural Incentives in U.S. Presidential Coalitions,” Prepared for presentation at the 77th Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago IL, April 4-7, 2019.
  • 2017. “Public Goods and the Diagnosis of Counterintentional Policy Outcomes.” In Filippo Sabetti and Dario Castiglione (Eds.), Institutional Diversity in Self-Governing Societies: The Bloomington School and Beyond, (pp. 213-38). Lanham MD: Lexington Books.
  • 2015. “Vincent Ostrom’s Revolutionary Science of Association,” Public Choice: the Journal of the Public Choice Society. 163(1-2):67-83. doi:10.1007/s11127-015-0235-1
  • 2007. with Bradford S. Gentry, Shimon C. Anisfeld, and Quint Newcomer (Guest editors), Journal of Sustainable Forestry , Volume 25 (1/2) (3/4) entitled Emerging Markets for Ecosystem Services: A Case Study of the Panama Canal Watershed. Binghamton NY: Haworth Press.
  • 2004. contributor to Mark N. Franklin, Voter Turnout in Established Democracies since 1945. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2000, Fall. “Shared Beliefs, Group Interests, and the Coordination of Advocacy Coalitions,” Policy Currents, 10(3):6-8.


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