Riley E. Dunlap
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Dunlap has studied the social and political dimensions of environmental issues for decades. His current work focuses primarily on climate change, particularly political polarization over the issue and the nature and sources of the organized climate change denial movement. He is chairing the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change, and involved in efforts to promote greater understanding of the roots of the debate over anthropogenic climate change.
Over the years Dunlap has been quoted in columns in numerous major newspapers, including The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, and USA Today, as well as in publications such as CQ Researcher and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He has also been interviewed on various NPR shows, most recently NPR Marketplace in the fall of 2011. His recent work on climate change politics and denial has been discussed frequently by bloggers, most notably by: Andy Revkin at the "Dot Earth" Blog at The New York Times, Joe Romm at the "Climate Progress" Blog at Think Progress, and Chris Mooney at DeSmogBlog.