Dana R. Fisher
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Fisher focuses on understanding the relationship between environmentalism and democracy - most recently by studying American climate politics, social protest, activism, and environmental stewardship. She is currently focusing much of her attention on how climate and energy policy networks evolve around the 2016 election. She is also tracking the collective action that has erupted in the U.S. in response to the election of Donald Trump. Fisher has collaborated with the U.S. Forest Service and a variety of local environmental stewardship groups in cities in the Northeast since 2007 as part of her work on urban stewardship.
Explains why climate denialism continues to thwart political action on climate change at the federal level. Presents data from the top policy actors involved in U.S. climate politics and the ways that scientific information diffuses through their policy networks to show that information is being amplified and distorted through echo chambers.
Compares domestic responses to international climate policy-making and the Kyoto Protocol in the U.S., Japan, and the Netherlands.
Professor Fisher's work has been featured in media outlets such as the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Today Show, and various programs on National Public Radio.
Talks and Briefings
Fisher’s work has been presented to federal agencies, foundations, and other organizations. Among others, she has presented her work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Program Office, the Let’s Move Campaign at the White House, the Brookings Institution, and to program members of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.