Leanne Giordono

Leanne Giordono

Assistant Professor


  • Public Policy Process and Policy Analysis
  • Social Policy
  • Environmental Policy


  • POLS 351 Intro to Public Policy and Administration
  • POLS 515 Intro to Public Policy

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Public Policy, Oregon State University (2018)
  • M.P.A., Princeton University (2000)
  • B.A., Economics, Franklin and Marshall College (1993)


Dr. Giordono’s research is focused on public policy decisions – how policy changes arise and how such changes impact individuals, families and communities – especially in the face of economic and climatic shifts. She is particularly interested in how communities with disadvantages to inclusion and prosperity (e.g., poverty, disability, education, age, race/ethnicity, etc.) influence and experience public policy decisions. She comes to CalPoly with a unique combination of expertise in both social policy and environmental policy. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Dr. Giordono spent almost fifteen years providing program evaluation and other applied research services to public-sector and non-profit clients.



Giordono, L., Flora, J., Zanocco, C., and Boudet, H. (2022) Food Practice Lifestyles and Implications for Energy Sustainability. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(9), 5638. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19095638

Giordono, L., Rothwell, D. W., Grutzmacher, S., & Edwards, M. (2022). Understanding SNAP Use Patterns Among Older Adults. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, n/a(n/a). https://doi.org/10.1002/aepp.13228

Giordono, L., Zanocco, C., Peterson, H., & Boudet, H. (2022). Shelter from the storm: How perceived extreme event experience and government trust shape public support for climate change mitigation policy in the United States. Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy, rhc3.12250. https://doi.org/10.1002/rhc3.12250

Giordono, L., Zanocco, C., and Peterson, H. (2022). Shelter from the Storm: How Event Experience and Government Trust Shape Citizen Support for Climate Change Policy. Risks, Hazards and Crisis in Public Policy.

Rothwell, D., Giordono, L., and Stawski, R. (2022). Can Financial Capability Explain State Variation in Emergency Savings? Disentangling the Individual and Contextual Contribution. Journal of Family and Economic Issues. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10834-022-09823-6

Zanocco, C., Stelmach, G., Giordono, L., Flora, J., & Boudet, H. (2022). Poor Air Quality during Wildfires Related to Support for Public Safety Power Shutoffs. Society & Natural Resources, 0(0), 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2022.2041138


Giordono, L. (2021). Taking a Policy Process Approach to Illuminate the Political Nature of Disability Policymaking. Evidence & Policy. https://doi.org/10.1332/174426421X16145933430109

Giordono, L., Gard-Murray, A., and Boudet, H. (2021). From Peril to Promise? Local Mitigation and Adaptation Decisions after Extreme Weather. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2021.10.002

Giordono, L., Boudet, H., & Gard-Murray, A. (2021). Using fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) to Explain Local Adaptation Policy Responses to Extreme Weather. In P. A. Mello, Qualitative Comparative Analysis: An Introduction to Research Design and Application. Georgetown University Press.

Giordono, L, Steel, B. and McMorris, C. (2021). State Economic Inequality and Incivility. In Lovrich N., Benjamin F., Pierce J. and Schreckhise W. (Eds) Outside Looking In: Lobbyists’ Views on Civil Discourse in U.S. State Legislatures. WSU Press.

McMorris, C., Steel, B. & Giordono, L (2021). The Urban/Rural Divide and Political Incivility in State Legislatures. In Lovrich N., Benjamin F., Pierce J. and Schreckhise W. (Eds) Outside Looking In: Lobbyists’ Views on Civil Discourse in U.S. State Legislatures. WSU Press.


Giordono, L. (2020) From Employment Optional to “Employment First”: Explaining Two Cases of State-level Disability Policy Change. Public Policy and Administration. https://doi.org/10.1177/0952076720942822.

Giordono, L., Boudet H., and Gard-Murray, A. (2020). Local Adaptation Policy Responses to Extreme Weather Events. Policy Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11077-020-09401-3

Pierce, J., Giordono, L., Peterson H., & Hicks, K. (2020). Common Approaches for Studying the Advocacy Coalition Framework: Review of Methods and Exemplary Practices. Social Science Journal, 59(1). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soscij.2019.06.005

Rothwell, D., Giordono, L. and Robson, J. (2020). Public income transfers and wealth accumulation at the bottom: Within and between country differences in Canada and the United States. Social Policy and Administration. http://www.lisdatacenter.org/wps/lwswps/31.pdf


Boudet, H., Giordono, L., Zanocco, C., Satein, H., & Whitley, H. (2019). Event Attribution and Partisanship Shape Local Discussion of Climate Change after Extreme Weather. Nature Climate Change, 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-019-0641-3

Giordono, L. (2019). Advocacy Coalitions in a Low Salience Policy Subsystem: Struggles under a Smooth Surface. Policy Studies Journal. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/psj.12330

Giordono, L., Jones, M., and Rothwell, D. (2019) Social Policy Perspectives on Economic Inequality in Wealthy Countries. Policy Studies Journal Yearbook. http://www.psjyearbook.com/content/article37-2019


Giordono, L., Boudet, H., Karmazina, A., and Steel, B. (2018). Opposition “Overblown”? Renewable Energy Siting in the Western United States. Energy Research and Social Sciences, DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2018.05.016.

Giordono, L. and Edwards, M. (2018).  Social Policy.  In E. Weber, R. Clucas, P. Southwell and M. Henkels (Eds), Oregon State and Local Politics: Change and Continuity.  OSU Press.

Taylor-Winney, J., Giordono, L., Lesmeister, M., Fenn, M., & Krahn, G. (2018). Disability Inclusion in 4-H: Aligned with the Mission, Stopped Short by Methods. Journal of Youth Development, 13(3), 191–211. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2018.604

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