Richard Barke

Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
  • Technology Policy and Assessment Center
Office Location: DM Smith G07
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Dr. Richard Barke is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy. He received his BS in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a minor in geophysics, launching an interest in the many intersections between science and public policy. He obtained his MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Rochester. He taught at the University of Houston before returning to Georgia Tech where he chaired the creation of the Ivan Allen College and the School of Public Policy and has served as school chair and as Associate Dean of IAC. He was a consultant to the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government on reforming the congressional science budget process and the processes by which Congress receives scientific and technology advice and was a visiting scholar on similar matters at the University of Ghent, Belgium. His consulting and sponsored research has included companies subject to federal and state regulations; the Houston Area Research Center; the US Departments of Commerce, Energy, and the Army; the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research; the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; and seven National Science Foundation grants.

His research interests focus on the regulation of risk, the roles of politics within science, and of science within politics. He has presented his work at more than one hundred scholarly panels and conferences. In addition to a dozen book chapters Dr. Barke has published in Risk Analysis; Minerva; Social Science Quarterly; Policy Studies Journal; Science, Technology, and Human Values; and Public Choice and is the author of Science, Technology, and Public Policy (CQ Press) and co-author of Governing the American Republic (St. Martin's). Among his awards are Georgia Tech's Outstanding Service Award, the IAC Faculty Legacy Award, ANAK Faculty of the Year, and the Georgia Tech Student Government Association Faculty of the Year Award (twice). He teaches courses on political processes, intergenerational policy, ethics and risk, and regulatory policy, and has team-taught courses with faculty from all six colleges at Georgia Tech. His current work is on long-term policy-making.

  • M.A. and Ph.D., University of Rochester, Political Science
  • B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, Physics
Areas of
  • American And Comparative Regulatory Policy
  • American Politics: Political Processes, Elections
  • Higher Education Policy
  • Long-term Policy
  • Political Culture
  • Research Policy
  • Risk Analysis


Research Fields:
  • Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy
  • Policy Process, Leadership, and Pre-Law
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
  • Wicked Problems
  • Australia/ New Zealand
  • Europe
  • United States
  • United States - Georgia
  • Environment
  • Bioethics, Bioscience, Biotechnology
  • Business Strategy
  • Education Policy
  • Framing
  • Governance
  • Institution-Building
  • Interdisciplinary Learning and Partnering
  • Intergenerational Issues
  • Politics
  • Presidential Power
  • Regulation
  • Regulatory Reform
  • Science and Technology
  • Sustainability


  • PHIL-3127: Sci, Tech & Human Values
  • POL-1101: Government of the U.S.
  • PST-3127: Sci,Tech & Human Values
  • PUBP-2010: Political Processes
  • PUBP-2012: Foundation-Public Policy
  • PUBP-2698: Research Assistantship
  • PUBP-3510: Politics and Policy
  • PUBP-4410: Science,Tech& Pub Policy
  • PUBP-4440: Sci Tech & Regulation
  • PUBP-4440: Sci Tech & Regulation: FDA Regulation (BME Galway)
  • PUBP-4651: Public Policy Internship: VIP: VoterTech
  • PUBP-4803: Special Topics: FDA Regulation (Mini-mester)
  • PUBP-6012: Fund of Policy Processes
  • PUBP-6440: Sci Tech & Regulation