Dr. Brad Clark

Dr. Brad Clark
Associate Professor of Political Science

Professional Interests

  • American Politics and Policy
  • Western water policy
  • River restoration
  • Endangered species
  • Public Lands and Natural Resource Management


  • Ph.D., Political Science, 2007, Colorado State University
  • M.A., Political Science, 2000, Colorado State University
  • B.A., Political Science, 1995, Northern Arizona University

Curriculum Vitae


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About Dr. Brad Clark

Dr. Brad Clark is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Fort Lewis College. He joined the College as a visiting lecturer in 2006 and became an assistant professor of Political Science in 2007. Prior to joining the college, Dr. Clark was an instructor of Public Policy for the New Directions in Politics and Public Policy Masters Degree Program at the University of Colorado and an instructor of Political Science at Colorado State University.

Clark earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Colorado State University in 2007 with a focus on American Politics, Public Administration and Policy, U.S. Environmental Politics and Western U.S. Water Policy. His Ph.D. dissertation was titled "River Restoration and Dam Removal in the American West: An Examination of Policy Change across Political Jurisdictions."

Dr. Clark has published in the Environmental Practice JournalSociety and Natural Resource Journal, and Social Science Journal. Professional activities include presenting annually since 2000 at conferences across the United States and Canada including the Western Political Science Association Conference, the Water Resources Conference of the American Water Resources Association, and the Southwestern Social Science Association Conference. 

He is a member of the Advisory Consortium and Selection Committee for the Bert and Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science, served as Chair of the Panel on “Politics and Work,” at the Annual Conference of the Western Political Science Association in 2016, and has served as a peer reviewer for the Political Research Quarterly since 2006. Clark was nominated for Fort Lewis College's Alice Admire Outstanding Teaching Award in 2016, received the Charles Redd Award for Best Paper on the American West at the Annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association in 2013, and was awarded a Faculty Development Grant for Traditional Scholarship in 2011.

Dr. Clark's professional memberships include the Western Political Science Association and the Colorado Foundation for Water Education.

Selected publications and presentations

Forthcoming; "Co-Edited Text on the Goldking Mine Spill ," with Dr. Pete McCormick, University of Colorado Press 

“Abandoned Mine Drainage in the Rocky Mountain West: An Acidic Mix of Politics, Water, and Liability,” Western Political Science Association, San Diego, CA, 2016

"The Politics of Dam Removal: Adoption and Diffusion of the Fundamental Means of River Restoration,” Western Political Science Association, Las Vegas, NV, 2015 

“Agenda Setting and Issue Dynamics:  River Restoration in California’s Hetch Hetchy Valley,” Western Political Science Association, Hollywood, CA , 2013  

“Dam Removal and River Restoration on the Elwha River: Does Size Really Matter?,” Western Political Science Association, Portland, OR, 2012 

Student Directed Publication; “Horse Gulch:  An Interpretive Guide,” Erickson, M., A. Baskins, B. Clark, et al., Ecology Society of America, SEEDS Program, 2009 

In the news

Associate Professor of Political Science Brad Clark discussed Gold Metal Waters: The 2015 Gold King Mine Spill, a new book he contributed to, on KSJD. [10/10/18]