Michael Fotos

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Director of Undergraduate Studies for Environmental Studies and Lecturer in Political Science


115 Prospect Street, Rosenkranz Hall, Room 107
1(203) 436-5190


  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 2000
  • MPA, Harvard University, 1990
  • BA, Yale University




Dr. Michael A. Fotos, III, BA, MPA, Ph.D. is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Environmental Studies and Lecturer in Political Science at Yale University.  He is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in the graduate public policy program at Trinity College in Hartford CT.

His recent publications seek greater understanding of the relationship between political theory and policy analysis.  Earlier work focused on coal mining regulation, voter turnout, and ecosystem services.  Present projects include working papers relating American constitutional fundamentals to political development and policy choice.

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 an Associate Fellow and College Adviser 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 that empowers enlisted military veterans to successfully transition from service to a top-tier college or university.  He is also a director of the Connecticut Farmland Trust where he recently completed a four-year term as president.


  • 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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