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William Kakenmaster

University of Notre Dame

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William Kakenmaster is a PhD candidate in comparative politics and methodology at the University of Notre Dame and a PhD Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. His research examines the politics and political economy of climate change and the environment. His dissertation, Decarbonizing Dictatorship: Explaining Climate Action in Non-Democracies, uses a mix of quantitative, causal inference techniques and process-tracing analysis of qualitative evidence for climate (in)action in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia.

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Climate law and litigation Fossil fuels Renewable energy

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Kakenmaster, William. Forthcoming. “The Fossil-Fueled Roots of Climate Inaction in Authoritarian Regimes.” Perspectives on Politics.

Kijewski-Correa, Tracy, Debra Javeline, William Kakenmaster, and Angela Chesler. 2023. “Economic Incentives for Coastal Homeowner Adaptation to Climate Change.” Climate Policy 23(10), 1314-1326.

Global Adaptation Mapping Initiative Team. 2021. “A Systematic Global Stocktake of Evidence on Human Adaptation to Climate Change.” Nature Climate Change 11, 989-1000.

Jordaan, Sarah M., Afreen Siddiqi, William Kakenmaster, and Alice C. Hill. 2019. “The Climate Vulnerabilities of Global Nuclear Power.” Global Environmental Politics 19(4), 3-13.

Kakenmaster, William. 2019. “Articulating Resistance: Agonism, Radical Democracy, and Climate Change Activism.” Millennium: Journal of International Studies 47(3), 373-397.