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James J. Winebrake

Professor of Public Policy and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. James Winebrake currently serves as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at RIT. He works with the college’s faculty, staff and students to advance education and scholarship in the social sciences, humanities, and performing arts, while also promoting interdisciplinary initiatives across RIT’s nine colleges. One of his key initiatives is the integration of liberal arts and technology/engineering curricula at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dr. Winebrake previously served as chair of RIT’s Department of Science, Technology and Society/Public Policy and has earned international recognition for his research on issues related to the environmental impacts of transportation, including health risk assessments, life-cycle analysis of alternative fuels, and analysis of policies aimed at reducing emissions in the transportation sector. He serves or has served on several National Academies of Science committees, the New York State Energy Planning Board, and other professional boards related to energy and environmental technology and policy.

In 2010 Dr. Winebrake was awarded the RIT Trustees Scholar Award in recognition of his scholarly contributions in the energy and environmental fields. He has also received numerous other research and teaching awards during his career, including the Madison Scholar Award and the Outstanding Teacher Award while serving as a faculty member at James Madison University in Virginia.

Dr. Winebrake received his PhD in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA). He also holds a B.S. in Physics from Lafayette College (Easton, PA) and a M.S. in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA).


  • –present
    Professor of Public Policy and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology


  • 1994 
    University of Pennsyvlania, PhD (Energy Management and Policy)
  • 1991 
    M.I.T., M.S. (Technology and Policy)
  • 1989 
    Lafayette College, B.S. (Physics)