Nisbet, M.C. and Fahy, D. (under contract). The Meaning Makers: Public Intellectuals in a World at Risk. Harvard University Press. 

In The Meaning Makers: Public Intellectuals in a World at Risk, communication scholars Matthew Nisbet and Declan Fahy investigate the writers and thinkers who over the past two decades have answered the call for a new type of journalism capable of illuminating the major scientific, economic, and social issues of our time. They critically analyze the contemporary journalists who as public intellectuals make sense of the issues that elude easy explanation, thereby making our complex, uncertain age more meaningful. Nisbet and Fahy evaluate eight of these celebrated thinkers. In chapters devoted to each subject, they offer sharply-focused analysis of Malcolm Gladwell, Naomi Klein, Nicholas Carr, Laurie Garrett, Michael Pollan, Barbara Ehrenreich, John Horgan, and Bill McKibben. They examine the influence of each thinker’s contributions to some of the most important conversations taking place today, explaining how and why they have earned such a hold over popular imagination. They weigh the validity of their arguments and evaluate their impacts, calling attention to their strengths and flaws as public thinkers. Drawing on interviews, criticism, scholarship, and quantitative analysis, they document the decisive role that these journalists have played in a world at risk, introducing new frameworks and modes of analysis for understanding the past, present, and future of public intellectuals in contemporary society.

Nisbet, M.C., Ho, S., Markowitz, E., O’Neill, S. Schafer M.S. & Thaker, J. (Eds.) (2018). The Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication. Oxford University Press.

Through a comprehensive collection of peer-reviewed articles, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication explores the origin and evolution of our understanding of climate change as it is presented in communication and media. Taking a multifaceted approach, the encyclopedia offers a scholarly examination of the effects of climate change communication on public opinion and policy decisions; journalistic coverage and media portrayals of climate change; communication strategies and campaigns; and the implications for effective communication, including those of outreach and advocacy efforts. Additionally, the encyclopedia reviews climate change communication research methods and approaches. Global in breadth and deeply resourced, the three volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication serves as an essential source of perspective on all aspects of this important area of scholarship. It is led by Editor in Chief Dr. Matthew C. Nisbet, along with Associate Editors Dr. Shirley S. Ho, Dr. Ezra Markowitz, Dr. Saffron O’Neill, Dr. Mike S. Schäfer, and Dr. Jagadish Thaker.