Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.P.P., University of California, Berkeley
(206) 221-3669

Craig Thomas joined the Evans School faculty in 2006, after serving on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Thomas teaches courses in policy processes, environmental policy, performance management, and research design. His current research analyzes collaboration among public, private, and nonprofit partners as an alternative form of governance to centralized planning and command-and-control regulation. He also studies a variety of environmental topics, including climate change, marine fisheries, habitat conservation planning, and watershed management.

He is the author of Bureaucratic Landscapes: Interagency Cooperation and the Preservation of Biodiversity (MIT Press, 2003), and co-author of Collaborative Environmental Management: What Roles for Government? (RFF Press, 2004). He has also published numerous articles in interdisciplinary journals, and is former editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

Prior to being a professor, Thomas was an administrative analyst for the University of California, a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, and worked in staff positions for environmental nonprofits in Washington, D.C.

Thomas holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and an MPP from the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds a BA in International Studies from the University of Washington. He is the 1998 recipient of the American Political Science Association's Leonard D. White Award, which recognizes the best dissertation in the field of public administration.

Collaborative Governance
Environmental Policy
Performance Measurement
Policy Implementation
Policy Process
Public Management
Courses taught: 
  • PBAF 511: Managing Politics & Policy Process
  • PBAF 512: Managing Organizational Performance
  • PBAF 590: Environmental Policy Processes
  • PBAF 608: Capstone Seminar
  • PPM 508: Public Policy Processes
  • PPM 502: Research Design

Learn more about Professor Thomas' current research.