Theoretical Interests:
environment, elites, rural inequality, social movements, theory

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

Recent Projects

CAREER award, National Science Foundation, $400,000, “The Effect of Energy Transition on Rural America: Innovative Methods to Study Cultural, Technological, and Economic Change”, (National Science Foundation Early Career Development), 2018-2023

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


Completed new book manuscript (due out early 2019), under contract with Princeton University Press: Billionaire Wilderness: A Journey Inside Ultra-Wealth and Environment

New article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
“Corporate funding and ideological polarization about climate change”

New article in Nature Climate Change on corporate funding and media discourse
“Network structure and influence of the climate change counter-movement”

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

An article in the American Sociological Review on political polarization as a social movement outcome
(**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 corporate, 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;; Hamilton Spectator; Pacific Standard; Daily Kos; NeuroLogica; Ecologist

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