What’s new:

  • CAREER awardNational 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
  • Forthcoming book: Billionaire Wilderness: The Ultra-Wealthy and the Remaking of the American West. Forthcoming. Princeton University Press. 
  • New article, Forthcoming: “Evidence-based Strategies to Combat Scientific Misinformation” Nature Climate Change
  • New article, Forthcoming:  “The Growth of Climate Change Misinformation in U.S. Philanthropy: Evidence from Natural Language Processing” Environmental Research Letters
  • New book in progress:  Energy Disruption and Rural America
  • New grant: $75,000, Leitner Award for Uncommon Environmental Collaborations, for project: “Measuring Heat Stress of Urban Residents with Smart Thermometers on Bicycles” with Xuhui Lee, Roman Kuc, Zhong Shao (2018-2019)

Justin’s research has been published by Princeton University Press, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Climate Change, the American Sociological Review, Environmental Research Letters, Social Problems, among others, and funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation. His books and articles have won national awards from the American Sociological Association, American Library Association, used on the floor of the U.S. Senate, and covered by major media outlets such as The Economist, Washington Post, HBO, WIRED, Bloomberg, and the Financial Times.

Theoretical and Substantive Interests
  • environment and “nature”
  • misinformation, elites
  • rural inequality, rural energy transition, rural Gemeinschaft
  • culture, moral politics, religion, epistemology

Methodological Interests

  • qualitative & ethnographic fieldwork
  • computational social science (machine learning and network science)


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


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

Article in Nature Climate Change
“Network structure and influence of the climate change counter-movement”

Book The Battle for Yellowstone with Princeton University Press.

- Winner, Outstanding Book Award (American Sociological Association AMSS)
-"The most original political book of early 2015." -The Economist

Articles in the American Sociological Review on political polarization as a social movement outcome (*winner of 2015 ASA CBSM Distinguished Article Award) and Social Problems on corporate and public responses to the BP Oil spill.

Piece in Nature Climate Change (“Echo chambers and false certainty”)

Recent media coverage of research (selected):

Washington Post; Financial Times (front page article); The Economist; FORBES; 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.