Abby Lindsay is a PhD Candidate of International Relations at American University, with a specialization in Global Environmental Politics.  She is also a Part-time Lecturer at New York University and Adjunct Instructor at American University.

Her research interests include collaborative water governance, adaptive capacity and climate resiliency, climate change politics, and trade and environment.  Abby is a Research Fellow for the Earth System Governance (ESG) Network and a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program.

From 2013-2015 she was the Coordinator of the Partnership on Technology Innovation and the Environment for the Center for Environmental Policy, a collaborative effort with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Defense Fund, and other public and private partners currently focused on scaling up water technology adoption.

Prior to coming to American University, Abby worked at the U.S. State Department on environmental cooperation, where she collaborated with over 15 countries to advance environmental protection and private sector implementation of environmental technologies and practices.

Abby teaches in the fields of International Environmental Politics, Water Governance, Environmental Studies, and Sustainable Development. In addition, Abby has received numerous awards, fellowships, and grants including, the Tinker Field Research Grant, the American University Graduate Research Fellowship, and the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning Ideas Incubator Grant


  • PhD Candidate in International Relations, specialization in Global Environmental Politics, American University (expected 2018)
  • MA in Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University
  • BS in Environmental Science, University of Mary Washington

Contact Information: Abby.Lindsay[at]american.edu

Selected Publications:

  • A. Lindsay, 2018, “Social Learning as an Adaptive Measure to Prepare for Climate Change Impacts on Water Provision in Peru,” Journal of Environmental Studies and Science.
  • S. Jinnah, and A. Lindsay, 2017, “Navigating Overlap Management Under NAFTA: Role of the CEC Secretariat,” in P. Stoett and O. Temby, editors, Towards Continental Environmental Policy? North American Transnational Networks and Governance (Albany: SUNY Press).
  • S. Jinnah, and A. Lindsay, 2016, “Diffusion through Issue Linkage: Environmental Norms in US Trade Agreements,” Global Environmental Politics 16 (3): 41-61.
  • S. Jinnah, and A. Lindsay, 2015, “Secretariat Influence on Overlap Management Politics in North America: NAFTA and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation,” Review of Policy Research 32 (1): 124-145.