Affiliate Researcher

Yale Project on Climate Change Communication

Research Scientist
School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Yale University


Anthony Leiserowitz, PhD is director of the Yale Project on Climate Change and a research scientist at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He is also a principal investigator at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University. He is a widely recognized expert on American and international public opinion on global warming, including public perception of climate change risks, support and opposition for climate policies, and willingness to make individual behavioral change. His research investigates the psychological, cultural, political, and geographic factors that drive public environmental perception and behavior. He has conducted survey, experimental, and field research at scales ranging from the global to the local, including international studies, the United States, individual states (Alaska and Florida), municipalities (New York City), and with the Inupiaq Eskimo of Northwest Alaska. He also conducted the first empirical assessment of worldwide public values, attitudes, and behaviors regarding global sustainability, including environmental protection, economic growth, and human development. He has served as a consultant to the John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University), the United Nations Development Program, the Gallup World Poll, the Global Roundtable on Climate Change at the Earth Institute (Columbia University), and the World Economic Forum.


BA (’90), International Relations, Michigan State University
MS (’98), Environmental Studies, University of Oregon
PhD (’03), Environmental Science, Studies and Policy, University of Oregon

Selected Publications:

Leiserowitz, A., Maibach, E., Roser-Renouf, C., Smith, N., & Dawson, E. (2012) Climategate, public opinion, and the loss of trust. American Behavioral Scientist.

Smith, N. & Leiserowitz, A. (2012) The rise of global warming skepticism: Exploring affective image associations. Risk Analysis.

Ding, D., Maibach, E., Zhao, X., Roser-Renouf, C. & Leiserowitz, A. (2011) Support for climate policy and societal action are linked to perceptions about scientific agreement. Nature Climate Change. DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE1295

Maibach, E., Leiserowitz, A., Roser-Renouf, C., & Mertz, C.K. (2011) Identifying like-minded audiences for climate change public engagement campaigns: An audience segmentation analysis and tool development. PLoS ONE 6(3): e17571. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0017571.

Leiserowitz, A. (2010). Climate change risk perceptions and behavior in the United States. In S. Schneider, A. Rosencranz, and M. Mastrandrea (Eds.), Climate Change Science and Policy.Washington, DC: Island Press.

Broad, K., Leiserowitz, A., Weinkle, J., & Steketee, M. (2007). Misinterpretations of the "cone of uncertainty" during the 2004 Florida hurricane season. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 88(6), 651-667.

Marx, S., Weber, E., Orlove, B., Leiserowitz, A., Krantz, D., Roncoli, C., & Phillips, J. (2007). Communication and mental processes: Experiential and analytic processing of uncertain climate information. Global Environmental Change, 17(1), 47-58.

Leiserowitz, A. (2006). Climate change risk perception and policy preferences: The role of affect, imagery, and values. Climatic Change, 77(1), 45-72.

Leiserowitz, A. (2005). American risk perceptions: Is climate change dangerous? Risk Analysis, 25(6), 1433-1442.

Leiserowitz, A. (2004). Before and after the day after tomorrow: A U.S. study of climate change risk perception. Environment, 46(9), 22.


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