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Rachel Wetts

Brown University

Based in

United States
North America

Rachel Wetts is the Acacia Assistant Professor of Environment and Society and Sociology at Brown University. Her research examines how cultural and social psychological processes interact with systems of power and privilege to shape American politics. Rachel focuses on two areas of American politics with profound consequences for contemporary American society and for societies across the globe: the politics of white racial resentment, and the problem of stalled political action to address climate change. Her research has been published in such journals as Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences and Social Forces, and has been covered in major news outlets, including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and NPR.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Communications research Public opinion Social movements

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Rachel Wetts. 2020. “In Climate News, Statements from Large Businesses and Opponents of Climate Action Receive Heightened Visibility,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (August 2020).

Rachel Wetts. 2020. “Models and Morals: Elite-Oriented and Value-Neutral Discourse Dominates American Organizations’ Framings of Climate Change,” Social Forces (March 2020).