Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Cohort: 2015-2016
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Atmospheric Science
Research Summary: I study the psychological processes of individuals when thinking about social and environmental injustice (What makes people deny climate change? What makes people DO something about climate change?). Most of my research looks at barriers to people getting involved in environmental issues, including feelings such as guilt or fear, self-focused vs. other-focused moral values, beliefs about rights and entitlement, and being psychologically distant from the negative impacts of climate change. Having a women’s studies focus, I look at both how environmental issues are also gender issues, and how people’s thinking about sexism (or racism, classism, etc.) parallels their thinking about the environment.