Affiliate Researcher

Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Communication
George Mason University


JT (Jagadish Thaker) is a final year PhD student in George Mason University's Health and Strategic Communication program. His dissertation research investigates the role of collective efficacy—people’s perceptions in their group’s collective abilities—in enhancing Indian community’s adaptive capacity to climate change impacts.

His research investigates different approaches to communicate climate change that fosters positive public engagement. His primary research interests include human dimensions of adaptive capacity, media content analysis, heath communication, and strategic communication campaigns. He has served as a Graduate Research Assistant on a National Science Foundation grant examining American broadcast meteorologists' best practices to communicate climate science. A paper that he co-authored won the top student award in the Applied Communication Division in National Communication Association (NCA) conference, San Francisco, 2010. He is working with Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz to conduct and analyze the first national sample survey of Indians’ beliefs, attitudes, and policy support about climate change, and other sustainability issues.

Prior to joining Mason, he worked as English compere in All India Radio, and as a copy-writer in advertising agencies, before a stint at teaching English in Nizam college, his alma mater. He also holds a master’s degree in English literature from University of Hyderabad.


BA ('04), Literature, History and Political Science, Nizam College, Hyderabad, India
MA ('06), English Literature, University of Hyderabad, India