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Climate Social Science Network Announces Reporting Fellows

September 13, 2021

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island – September 13, 2021 – Today the Climate Social Science Network — an international network of social science scholars focused on understanding the cultural and institutional dynamics of the political conflict over climate change — announced its inaugural journalism fellows, Kate Aronoff and Taylor Kate Brown. These experienced journalists will collaborate on investigative research with local and global teams of social scientists.

Kate Aronoff
is a staff writer at The New Republic covering climate and energy politics. She is the author of Overheated: How Capitalism Broke The Planet (Bold Type Books, 2021) and the co-author with Daniel Aldana Cohen, Alyssa Battistoni and Thea Riofrancos of A Planet To Win: Why We Need A Green New Deal (Verso, 2019). She is also the co-editor, with Michael Kazin and Peter Dreier, of We Own The Future: Democratic Socialism, American Style. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Harpers and The Guardian, among other outlets. Kate is a member of the Dissent editorial board, and serves on the Advisory Board of Jewish Currents

As part of her fellowship CSSN Kate will be investigating fossil fuel industry funding of campus energy centers at top-ranked universities, as well as the influence of industry trade associations on international climate negotiations.



Taylor Kate Brown

Taylor Kate Brown
is an independent reporter and editor focused on local climate change stories, accountability and reader resources. Most recently, she was the San Francisco Chronicle’s first newsletter editor, where she launched MicroClimates, a reported newsletter on local climate change impacts and Bay Area efforts to combat it. She was previously a staff writer and editor at the BBC in Washington for seven years, and the founding editor of a Patch site in Maryland. 

Her CSSN fellowship project will focus on investigating efforts to combat electrification policies at the local level. 


The fellows will spend twelve weeks at Brown University and attend Brown Climate and Development Lab lectures and panel discussions.







Taylor Kate Brown photo credit: Hannah Long-Higgins