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Lekelia Jenkins

Lekelia Jenkins
Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Assistant Professor, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Arizona State University
PO Box 875603
Tempe, AZ 85287-5603

As a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellow, Lekelia Jenkins received her PhD from Duke University in 2006 by pioneering a new field of study into the invention and adoption of marine conservation technology. Since then, she has worked as an environmental consultant for the Natural Resource Defense Council, while also actively participating in the burgeoning field of Studies in Expertise and Experience. As an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Office of International Affairs, she helped implement new regulations to address bycatch and IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing by foreign nations. Dr. Jenkins became a Research Associate at the University of Washington in 2009, where her research was supported by the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship and the Ford Foundation Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 2011, Dr. Jenkins was hired as an Assistant Professor at the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and has recently been awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and inducted into the Global Young Academy.


PhD, Marine Conservation Technology, Duke University, 2006

Journal Articles


Dreyer, S. J., H. J. Polis and L. D. Jenkins. 2017. Changing tides: Acceptability, support, and perceptions of tidal energy in the United States. Energy Research & Social Science 29(Jul):72-83. DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2017.04.013. (link )

Polis, H. J., S. J. Dreyer and L. D. Jenkins. 2017. Public willingness to pay and policy preferences for tidal energy research and development: A study of households in Washington state. Ecological Economics 136(Jun):213-225. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.01.024. (link )