Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Pechar’s areas of research and teaching expertise include climate change policy, identity politics, and climate change communications. Specifically, she is interested in how to use communication and identities to encourage bipartisan support for important policy issues. Her dissertation research looks at the role that social identities can play in overcoming political polarization and activating support for climate change policies, particularly among political conservatives.
Investigates correlations between political identification with government and corporations and trust in science across cultures. We also test whether receiving scientific information from a trusted source can increase resulting levels of trust in climate and GMO science.
Summarizes the national and sub-national policy activity in Canada, the US and Mexico, and highlights particular areas for policy harmonization.
Introduces an identity-theory of climate change beliefs, discussing three primary identities prevalent among climate change deniers and how to use communications and framing to shift climate change beliefs among these individuals.