Research

Theoretical Interests:
Culture, politics, environment, social movements, social theory

Methodological Interests:
Computational social science (large-scale texts and networks), qualitative fieldwork

Recent Projects

Usage of research by group of U.S. Senators on the floor of Congress

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New article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on funding and ideological polarization

New article in Nature Climate Change on corporate funding and media discourse

Recent Book:  The Battle for Yellowstone: Morality and the Sacred Roots of Environmental Conflict. Princeton University Press (Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology). This book project is mixed-methods, combining computational social science strategies on large text corpora with traditional qualitative fieldwork.
*Winner, Outstanding Book Award (American Sociological Association AMSS)
*See recent print article about the book in The Economist

Completing new book under contract with Princeton University Press, Billionaire Wilderness: Ultra-Wealth, Environment, and Inequality

An article in the American Sociological Review (**winner of 2015 ASA Collective Behavior and Social Movements section Distinguished Article Award)

Recent piece in Nature Climate Change on echo-chambers and false certainty

An article in Social Problems on cultural and economic responses to the BP Oil Spill

Recent media coverage of research (selected):

Washington Post; Financial Times (front page article); The Economist; HBO (documentary interview); Christian Science Monitor; The Guardian; WIRED; High Country News; The Huffington Post; Yahoo! News; Slate; NewStatesman; Politico Magazine; Mother Jones; MSN; Spektrum; Diário de Notícias; PhysOrg; Otago Daily Times; DeSmogBlog; Digital Journal; Eco-Business; Reason; Inside En- ergy; Inside Climate News; Energy Collective; Climate News Network; Skeptical Science; ThinkProgress; Forskning.no; Hamilton Spectator; Pacific Standard; Daily Kos; NeuroLogica; Ecologist

Several articles under review and two new books in progress, see vita for more.