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Max Boykoff

University of Colorado Boulder

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United States
North America

Max Boykoff is the Department Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a Professor in Environmental Studies, as well as a Fellow in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder). Max has ongoing interests in cultural politics and environmental governance, science and environmental communications, science-policy interactions, political economy and the environment, and climate adaptation. He has worked in North America, Central America, South Asia, Oceania and Europe. He earned a PhD in environmental studies at the University of California Santa Cruz and a Bachelor of Science in psychology at The Ohio State University. Before starting at CU Boulder, Max was a Research Fellow in the Environmental Change Institute and a Lecturer in the School of Geography and Environment at the University of Oxford.

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Joshua A. Basseches,  Rebecca Bromley‑Trujillo, Maxwell T. Boykoff, Trevor Culhane, Galen Hall, Noel Healy, David J. Hess, David Hsu, Rachel M. Krause, Harland Prechel, J. Timmons Roberts, Jennie C. Stephens. 2022. Climate policy conflict in the U.S. states: a critical review and way forward, Climatic Change, 170(3-4).

Núria Almiron, Max Boykoff, Marta Narberhaus, & Francisco Heras. 2020. “Dominant counter-frames in influential climate contrarian European think tanks,” Climatic Change (September 2020).

Kristin M. F. Timm, Edward W, Maibach, Max Boykoff, Melissa A. Broekelman-Post, et al. 2020. “The prevalence and rationale for presenting an opposing viewpoint in climate change reporting: Findings from a United States national survey of TV weathercasters,” Weather, Climate and Society (January 2020).

Max Boykoff. 2019. “Creative (Climate) Communications: Productive Pathways for Science, Policy and Society,” Cambridge University Press (August 2019).

Max Boykoff & Beth Osnes. 2019. “A Laughing Matter? Confronting Climate Change through Humor,” Political Geography (January 2019).

Max Boykoff & David Oonk. 2018. “Evaluating the perils and promises of academic climate advocacy,” Climatic Change (December 2018).

Max Boykoff & Shawn K. Olson. 2013. ‘‘Wise Contrarians’ in Contemporary Climate Science-Policy-Public Interactions,” Celebrity Studies Journal (October 2013).

Max Boykoff. 2013. ”‘Public Enemy No.1?: Understanding media representations of outlier views on climate change,” American Behavioral Scientist (March 2013).

Max Boykoff. 2011. “Who Speaks for Climate? Making sense of mass media reporting on climate change,” Cambridge University Press (September 2011).