News coverage after the 9/11 attacks: Reason and deliberative democracy put to the test

* I wrote the following essay in the weeks following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, drawing on insights gained during the first year of graduate school. I published a version of the essay at the Cornell Daily Sun and… Continue Reading →

The mindful climate change writer: why I quit social media

July 17, 2019–I spend most of my time thinking and writing about climate change politics. It is often a paralyzing experience. Not only is climate change a grave threat, but it is also one of America’s most polarized political debates…. Continue Reading →

Science and tech in an age of anxiety: Analyzing public attitudes across 54 countries

July 9, 2019–From scientific meetings to corporate board rooms, civil society leaders express deep concern about a loss of public faith in technological innovation and the scientific enterprise. Rising tensions over issues such as automation, gene editing, and the transition… Continue Reading →

Climate change tribalism won’t get us anywhere

May 7, 2019–Robbers Cave State Park in Oklahoma may be best known today for its picturesque lakes and trails, but for three weeks in 1954, the park was also the setting for one of the most famous experiments in social… Continue Reading →

The science of why yoga quiets the mind: It’s about the breath

March 1, 2019 — I had been practicing yoga for a decade, but it took an unexplained injury to push me toward turning yoga into a daily routine. I had spent a brutally cold winter battling unexplained nerve pain in… Continue Reading →

Climate philanthropy and the four billion (dollars, that is)

Jan 15, 2019– At the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, thousands of delegates representing local governments, businesses, philanthropies, and nonprofits gathered to send a message to the world. With Washington, DC, and other national capitals paralyzed by… Continue Reading →

Strategic Communication Capstone: Course Syllabus

Jan 8, 2019–In this capstone seminar, you will complete an intensive research and writing project focused on a topic related to the field of communication studies. Possible research topics can span business, politics, advocacy, entertainment, public health, the environment, and… Continue Reading →

Media advocacy and communication research: Syllabus and readings

Jan 8, 2019–In this course, you will learn about the major areas of research and debates related to  advocacy, communication, and social change. You will connect scholarly work to insights from leading strategists and journalists, and to contemporary trends and… Continue Reading →

Talking science and society at church: Why scientists need to be part of the conversation

January 1, 2019 — Over the past two decades, high profile debates over human origins, abortion, and stem cell research have distracted from the opportunities that scientists, skeptics, and religious Americans have to forge relationships built on common values and… Continue Reading →

The Ecomodernists: A new way of thinking about climate change and human progress

Nov. 1, 2018 — Scientists expect this year globally to be the fourth-hottest on record, with the only warmer years being the three previous ones. Since 2001, we have lived on a planet that has experienced seventeen of the eighteen… Continue Reading →

The IPCC report is a wake up call for scholars, advocates and funders

Oct. 10, 2018 —More than 170 countries pledged as part of the 2015 United Nations climate treaty to keep global temperature rise this century to lower than 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels and to strive to remain below 1.5C…. Continue Reading →

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