John H. Armstrong, PhD

John Armstrong, PhD

PhD, Environmental Studies

Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies

Phone: 206-296-5458

Building/Room: CASEY 210-03



John H. Armstrong holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2020), focusing on local government climate change policymaking. He received his B.A. from Cornell University with a double major in Biology & Society and History.

Dr. Armstrong studies how counties, cities, and towns can enact effective climate change and sustainability policies. His research examines several aspects of policymaking processes, including politics, local control, stakeholders, and the transition from modest to significant policy actions. As part of this research, he studies environmental equity and social justice issues related to climate policies and community energy transitions. Dr. Armstrong is also researching the ecosystem effects of urban solar energy and the environmental implications of urbanization. Additionally, he has studied sustainability policy more broadly and governance related to climate change programs.