Professor Skolnikoff has focused his research and teaching interests in the field of science and public policy, especially the interaction of science and technology with international affairs. This interest has covered a wide range of international subjects, including recent studies in global climate change and proliferation. He studied electrical engineering at MIT, followed by politics and economics at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and political science when he returned to MIT. He has held a variety of posts, including serving on the White House staff in the Office of the Special Assistant to the President for Science and Technology under Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy, and he played an active role as Senior Consultant to the White House Science Office under President Carter. Prof. Skolnikoff served as Head of the Department from 1970-74, and was Director of the Center for International Studies from 1972 to 1987. He has been a consultant to government departments and international organizations, has held a variety of posts in professional societies, and was instrumental in the development of the science and public policy fields at universities in the U.S. and abroad. His research publications include Science, Technology and American Foreign Policy; International Imperatives of Technology; and a major new book entitled: The Elusive Transformation: Science, Technology, and the Evolution of International Politics.
Skolnikoff, E.B., 2005: Climate Change: A Political Quagmire?, Annual Invited Amilcar Herrera Lecture, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, 8 November
Skolnikoff, E.B., 2002: Will Science and Technology Undermine the International Political System?, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Vol. 2, Number 1, Oxford University Press, pp. 29-45
Skolnikoff, E.B., 1999: The Role of Science in Policy: The Climate Change Debate in the United States, MIT Joint Program Report 46
Victor, D.G., K. Raustiala and E.B. Skolnikoff (editors), 1998: The Implementation and Effectiveness of International Environmental Commitments: Theory and Practice, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA
Skolnikoff, E., 1997: Same Science, Differing Policies; The Saga of Global Climate Change, MIT Joint Program Report 22, August
Victor, D.G. and E. Skonikoff, 1997: Implementing Environmental Commitments: How Governments, Industry and NGOs Put International Agreements Into Practice, Options, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Report, Laxenburg, Austria, Spring.
Skonikoff, E.B., 1993: The Elusive Transformation: Science, Technology and the Evolution of International Politics, Council on Foreign Relations, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 336 p.
Skolnikoff, E., 1990: The Policy Gridlock on Global Warming, Foreign Policy, 79: 77