I am continuing to work on projects started when I was working as a postdoctoral research fellow at Bucknell University on a project entitled The Production of Public Understanding of Science (PoPUS). Led by Matthew Slater, this project investigates the nature of public understanding with an eye to facilitating its production, especially in the case of public understanding of science. My role is as a social scientist with experience in several different research methodologies and statistics. I am assisting in the empirical research inspired by the philosophical underpinnings of this multi-year project.
Public Understanding and Opinion of Climate Change
Prior to working on the PoPUS project at Bucknell, I was a Visiting Research Professor at Drexel University where I worked with Dr. Robert Brulle. Here I began using sociological methodology to track aggregate public opinion scores of climate change throughout the last decade. My dissertation work dealt with public understanding of climate change in university students. I continue research in student comprehension, understanding, and action regarding climate change. I am also working on qualitative and quantitative studies of public opinion and understanding of climate change and other environmental issues. The goal of my work is to better inform climate change education and communication. .