Neil is a PhD candidate in communication and graduate research assistant for 4C. His work focuses on understanding how communication affects political behavior on climate and energy issues.

At 4C, Neil's current projects include a study of how different types of efficacy belief influence political action on climate change, an examination of professional scientists' use of social media, and a survey on various aspects of scientific literacy in the US public.

Prior to arriving at Mason, Neil studied social cognition, cognitive ergonomics, and philosophy of science at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He also studied political science and international relations at the University of Auckland.


BSc (’05), Psychology, University of Otago
PGDipSci (’06), Psychology, University of Otago
GradDipArts (’10), Political Studies, University of Auckland

Selected Publications:

Han, H. & Stenhouse, N. Bridging the Research-Practice Gap in Climate Communication: Lessons From One Academic-Practitioner Collaboration. Accepted with revisions, Science Communication.

Stenhouse, N., Maibach, E.W., Cobb, S., Ban, R., Bleistein, A., Croft, P., Bierly, E., Seitter, K., Rasmussen, G., & Leiserowitz, A. (2014). Meteorologists’ views about global warming: A survey of American Meteorological Society professional members. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 95(7), 1029-1040.

Roser-Renouf, C., Stenhouse, N., Rolfe-Redding, J., Maibach, E., & Leiserowitz, A. (2014). Engaging diverse audiences with climate change: Message strategies for global warming's six Americas. In Hansen, A. & Cox, R. (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Environment and Communication. New York, NY: Routledge.

Stenhouse, N., & Priest, S. (2013). Overcoming the issue attention cycle: Four possible ingredients of a successful climate movement. Proceedings of the 12th Biennial Conference on Communication and Environment. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.

Anderson, A. A.; Myers, T. A.; Maibach, E. W.; Cullen, H.; Gandy, J.; Witte, J.; Stenhouse, N.; Leiserowitz, A. (2013). If they like you, they learn from you: How a brief weathercaster-delivered climate education segment is moderated by viewer evaluations of the weathercaster. Weather, Climate, and Society, 5(4): 367-377.