Ross Astoria, JD, PhD

  • Professor - Political Science & Law
  • Politics-Philosophy-Law Department
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2010
  • PHONE: (262) 595-2067
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Ross Astoria


  • Carbon Taxation
  • Clean Air Act
  • Electrical Utility Law
Dr. Astoria grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and lived in Virginia, Arizona, California, and Wisconsin.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Astoria teaches courses in Public Law, Public Policy, and Political Philosophy, including Constitutional Law, Introduction to Law, Political Theory, and Environmental and Global Warming Policy.

Research Interests

Dr. Astoria's research is in global warming policy and governance. He has published on international trade law, utility law, New York's Reforming the Energy Vision, and California's Cap-and-Trade program.

Consulting Interests

Dr. Astoria regularly provides policy advance to non-profits working on greenhouse gas mitigation policy.

Selected Publications

2021: Smart Cities – Fundamental Concepts, Springer-Verlag publishers

2018: Low Income Households in New York's Reforming the Energy Vision, Edward Elgar Publishing (10 pages (5,000 words) pp.)

2017: The Radicality of New York's Reforming the Energy Vision, The Electricity Journal (54-58 pp.)

2015: Design of an International Trade Law Compliant Carbon Border Adjustment, Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy (17,000 words pp.)

2014: The Export Clause and the Constitutionality of a National Cap and Trade CO₂ Mitigation Policy , Georgetown Journal International Environmal Law (117 (about 30 page) pp.)

: Pluralism and Anti-Catholicism in Late 19th Century Church-State Litigation: The Wisconsin Supreme Court and Weiss v. Edgerton, Journal of Law and Religion (42 double spaced (15,800 words) pp.)

2013: Climate Hawks and California's Carbon Offset Protocols, Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law (30 (1.5 line spacing) (12,300 words) pp.)

2012: “Price of Freedom Denied: Religious Persecution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century” , Journal of Church and State (4 pp.)

2012: Equality and the Endorsement Test, Rutgers Camden Journal of Law and Religion (20 (single spaced) (8,900 words) pp.)

2012: "Why Do Citizens Litigate Over the Ten Commandments: A Case Study from Tennessee", Quinnipiac Law Review (40 pages pp.)

College Service

2015: Committee Member - General Education Committee

University Service

2016: Chairperson - Lecture and Fine Arts Committee
INTS 495 - Senior Seminar-Int'l Studies
MAPS 512 - Global Warming Policy/Govrnace
MAPS 721 - Public Policy
MAPS 741 - Smart Policy-Making
PHIL 307 - Contemporary Political Thought
POLS 116 - Introduction to Law
POLS 202 - Public Policy
POLS 302 - Environmental Policy
POLS 307 - Contemporary Political Thought
POLS 312 - Intr Global Warming Policy/Gov
POLS 320 - Const Law:Structr/Powr US Govt
POLS 321 - Politics, Law, and Society
POLS 445 - Senior Seminar-Political Sci
POLS 494 - Internship-Political Science
POLS 499 - Independent Study:
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