Dr. Riley Dunlap
Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR Researchers:
Establishing a Novel State-Wide Socio-Ecological Observatory
Dr. Riley Dunlap's empirical research has three major foci: (1) Environmental concern, including trends in public opinion on environmental issues; cross-national comparisons of citizen concern for the environment; and the nature and sources of environmental attitudes, beliefs and worldviews; (2) The environmental movement, particularly the evolution and current status of American environmentalism, public support for the environmental movement, and the development of international environmentalism; and (3) Climate change, especially public opinion toward climate change issues, political polarization over climate change and the nature and sources of climate-change denial.
Dr. Dunlap's role in the Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR research project will focus on the establishment of a first-of-its-kind, statewide, socio-ecological observatory
In addition to his empirical work, Dr. Dunlap is regularly invited to write assessments and overviews of the field of environmental sociology for various handbooks and encyclopedias.
Besides co-editing American Environmentalism (Taylor and Francis, 1992), Public Reactions to Nuclear Waste (Duke University Press, 1993), the Handbook of Environmental Sociology (Greenwood Press, 2002) and Sociological Theory and the Environment (Rowman-Littlefield, 2002), Dr. Dunlap has published over 140 journal articles and book chapters. Two dozen of his articles have been reprinted in one or more books.
Dr. Dunlap has served as president of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Environment and Society, and as Chair of the American Sociological Association's Section on Environment and Technology, the Rural Sociological Society's Natural Resources Research Group, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems' Division on Environment and Technology.
He is currently serving as chairperson of the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change. The Task Force, consisting of an 11-member steering committee and more than 50 contributors overall, is charged with producing sociological analyses of relevant dimensions of climate change.
Dr. Dunlap was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2000 for his contributions to the establishment of the field of environmental sociology, and elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in 2010 for his research on environmental attitudes, beliefs and worldviews. He received the Excellence in Research Award from the Rural Sociological Society in 2002, and a DaVinci Fellow Award from the Oklahoma DaVinci Institute in 2010. Most recently, Dr. Dunlap was named the 2012 recipient of the William R. Freudenburg Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences for his career-long contributions to environmental sociology and environmental studies, and also received a 2012 Regents Distinguished Research Award from OSU in recognition of his scholarly contributions.
- Dunlap, Riley E. 1998. “Lay Perceptions of Global Risk: Public Views of Global Warming in Cross-National Context.” International Sociology 13:473-498. Link
- McCright, Aaron M. and Riley E. Dunlap. 2000. “Challenging Global Warming as a Social Problem: An Analysis of the Conservative Movement’s Counter-Claims.” Social Problems 47:499-522. Link
- McCright, Aaron M. and Riley E. Dunlap. 2003. “Defeating Kyoto: The Conservative Movement’s Impact on U.S. Climate Change Policy.” Social Problems 50:348-373. Link
- Dunlap, Riley E. and Aaron M. McCright. 2008. “A Widening Gap: Republican and Democratic Views on Climate Change.” Environment 50 (September/October):26-35. Link
- Dunlap, Riley E. and Aaron M. McCright. 2010. “Climate Change Denial: Sources, Actors and Strategies.” Pp. 240-259 in Constance Lever-Tracy (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Climate Change and Society. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
- Dunlap, Riley E. 2010. “Climate Change and Rural Sociology: Broadening the Research Agenda.” Rural Sociology 75: 17-27. Link
- McCright, Aaron M. and Riley E. Dunlap. 2010. “Anti-Reflexivity: The American Conservative Movement’s Success in Undermining Climate Science and Policy.” Theory, Culture and Society 26:100-133. Link
- Dunlap, Riley E. and Aaron M. McCright. 2010. “Climate Change Denial: Sources, Actors and Strategies.” Pp. 240-259 in Constance Lever-Tracy (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Climate Change and Society. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. Link
- McCright, Aaron M. and Riley E. Dunlap. 2011. “The Politicization of Climate Change: Political Polarization in the American Public’s Views of Global Warming.” Sociological Quarterly 52: 155-194. Link
- Marquart-Payatt, Sandra T., Rachael L. Shwom, Thomas Dietz, Riley E. Dunlap, Stan A. Kaplowitz, Aaron M. McCright and Sammy Zahran. 2011. “Understanding Public Opinion on Climate Change: A Call for Research.” Environment 53 (July/August):38-43. Link
- McCright, Aaron M. and Riley E. Dunlap. 2011. “Cool Dudes: The Denial of Climate Change among Conservative White Males.” Global Environmental Change 21: 1163-1172. Link
- Dunlap, Riley E. and Aaron M. McCright. 2011. “Organized Climate-Change Denial.” Pp. 144-160 in J. S. Dryzek, R. B. Norgaard and D. Schlosberg, (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society. New York: Oxford University Press. Link
- McCright, Aaron M., Riley E. Dunlap and Chenyang Xiao. 2013. “Perceived Scientific Agreement and Support for Government Action on Climate Change in the USA.” Climatic Change: 119:511-518. Link
- Dunlap, Riley E. 2013. “Climate Change Skepticism and Denial: An Introduction.” American Behavioral Scientist 57: 691-698. Link
- Elsasser, Shaun W. and Riley E. Dunlap. 2013. “Leading Voices in the Denier Choir: Conservative Columnists’ Dismissal of Global Warming and Denigration of Climate Science.” American Behavioral Scientist 57: 754-776. Link
- Dunlap, Riley E. and Peter J. Jacques. 2013. “Climate Change Denial Books and Conservative Think Tanks: Exploring the Connection.” American Behavioral Scientist 57: 699-731. Link