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Thanks for visiting my website! I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at UC Berkeley, where I have also been funded by the National Science Foundation. I am affiliated with the Institute of Governmental Studies and the Energy and Environment Policy Lab.

I study the politics of policy reform in the United States, focusing on climate change and healthcare. Theoretically, my work contributes to ideas about federalism, policy feedback, interest groups, political economy, and political behavior. My research has been published or is forthcoming in American Political Science Review;  Public Opinion Quarterly; Energy Policy; Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science; Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law; and Health Affairs. Please see my CV or my research page to see more of what I’ve been working on. 

To get in touch with me, please send me an email at sam.trachtman@berkeley.edu

Thanks Biz Herman for the photo