Program Leaders

Dr. Kenneth Richards, Co-Director

Kenneth Richards holds a PhD in Public Policy from the Wharton School and a JD from the Law School, University of Pennsylvania. He holds an MSCE in Urban and Regional Planning and a BSCE in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University, and a BA in Botany and Chemistry from Duke University. He serves as an associate professor at SPEA, associate director for the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewal Energy, and associate director for the Center for Research on Energy and the Environment. He has served as an economist at the Council of Economic Advisers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He also served as national energy planner for the Cook Islands from 1984 to 1986 and was a member of the Environmental Commission for the City of Bloomington from 1999 to 2004. His research interests include climate change policy and environmental policy implementation. He has taught courses in environmental economics, cost-benefit analysis, law and public policy, applied math, climate change science and policy, public management and administration, and public management economics.

Stephanie Hayes Richards, Co-Director

Stephanie Hayes Richards holds an MPA in Environmental Policy Analysis/Nonprofit Management from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and an MBA in Marketing from the Kelley School of Business. She also holds a BA in Government from Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. She has worked on Capitol Hill in a congressional office and as an international policy analyst for an environmental organization. Mrs. Richards now serves as managing principal for a consulting business and has served as the associate director for the IU at Oxford program since 2007.  She has recently co-authored several law publications on climate change bills proposed during the 109th and 110th U.S. Congressional sessions and contributed to research on forest carbon sequestration programs.  She has guest lectured in courses on Climate Change Law and Policy, Environmental Economics and Policy, and a SPEA Capstone Project on the Use of Economic Instruments in U.S. Environmental Policy.