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Riley E. Dunlap

Oklahoma State University

Based in

United States
North America

Riley E. Dunlap is Dresser Professor and Regents Professor of Sociology Emeritus at Oklahoma State University. For the past quarter century his research has focused heavily on organized climate change denial and political polarization over climate change. He chaired the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change, and is co-editor of Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives (Oxford, 2015) produced by it. Dunlap is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Psychological Association, and a member of the Sociological Research Association. He was designated a “Highly Cited Researcher” in 2019 and 2021 by the Web of Science Group/Clarivate.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States Canada United Kingdom

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Public opinion Social movements

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Tindall, David, Mark C.J. Stoddart and Riley E. Dunlap (eds.).  2022. Handbook of Anti-Environmentalism. Cheltenham, UK:  Edward Elgar.

Gurney, Rachel M., Riley E. Dunlap and Beth Schaefer Caniglia.  2022.  “Climate Change SOS: Addressing Climate Impacts within a Climate Change Spiral of Silence.”  Society & Natural Resources  35:1276-1296.     

Kulin, Joakim, Ingemar Johansson Sevä, and Riley E. Dunlap2021. “Nationalist Ideology, Rightwing Populism, and Public Views about Climate Change in Europe.” Environmental Politics (March 2021).

Dunlap, Riley E. and Robert J. Brulle2020.  “Sources and Amplifiers of Climate Change Denial.”  Pp. 49-61 in D. C. Holmes and L. M. Richardson (eds.), The Research Handbook on Communicating Climate Change.  Cheltenham, UK:  Edgar Elgar. (November 2020).

Deborah Lynn Guber, Jeremiah Bohr, & Riley E. Dunlap. 2020. “’Time to Wake Up’: Climate Change Advocacy in a Polarized Congress, 1996-2015,” Environmental Politics (July 2020).

Aaron M. McCright & Riley E. Dunlap. 2017. “Combatting Misinformation Requires Recognizing Its Types and the Factors That Facilitate Its Spread and Resonance,” Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (December 2017).

Aaron M. McCright, Riley E. Dunlap, & Sandy Marquart-Pyatt. 2016. “Political Ideology and Views about Climate Change in the European Union,” Environmental Politics (2016).

Riley E. Dunlap, Aaron M. McCright, & Jerrod Yarosh. 2016. “The Political Divide on Climate Change: Partisan Polarization Widens in the U.S,” Environment (September 2016).

Riley E. Dunlap & Aaron M. McCright. 2015. “Challenging Climate Change: The Denial Countermovement.” In Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives, New York: Oxford University Press (September 2015).

Riley E. Dunlap. 2014. “Clarifying Anti-Reflexivity: Conservative Opposition to Impact Science and Scientific Evidence,” Environmental Research Letters (February 2014).

Riley E. Dunlap & Peter J. Jacques. 2013. “Climate Change Denial Books and Conservative Think Tanks: Exploring the Connection,” American Behavioral Scientist (June 2013).

Shaun W. Elsasser & Riley E. Dunlap. 2013. “Leading Voices in The Denier Choir: Conservative Columnists’ Dismissal Of Global Warming and Denigration Of Climate Science,” American Behavioral Scientist (June 2013).

Riley E. Dunlap. 2013. “Climate Change Skepticism and Denial: An Introduction,” American Behavioral Scientist (May 2013).

Riley E. Dunlap & Aaron M. McCright. 2012. “Organized Climate-Change Denial.” In The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society, New York: Oxford University Press (January 2012).

Aaron M. McCright & Riley E. Dunlap. 2011. “The Politicization of Climate Change: Political Polarization in the American Public’s Views of Global Warming,” Sociological Quarterly (March 2011).

Aaron M. McCright & Riley E. Dunlap. 2010. “Anti-Reflexivity: The American Conservative Movement’s Success in Undermining Climate Science and Policy,Theory, Culture and Society (August 2010).

Riley E. Dunlap & Aaron M. McCright. 2010. “Climate Change Denial: Sources, Actors and Strategies.” In Routledge Handbook of Climate Change and Society, Routledge (August 2010).

Riley E. Dunlap. 2009. “The Conservative Assault on Climate Science: A Successful Case of Deconstructing Scientific Knowledge to Oppose Policy Change.” In Sociological Perspectives on Climate Change, National Science Foundation (2009).

Riley E. Dunlap & Aaron M. McCright. 2008. “A Widening Gap: Republican and Democratic Views on Climate Change,” Environment (September 2008).

Aaron M. McCright & Riley E. Dunlap. 2003. “Defeating Kyoto: The Conservative Movement’s Impact on U.S. Climate Change Policy,” Social Problems (September 2003).

Aaron M. McCright & Riley E. Dunlap. 2000. “Challenging Global Warming as a Social Problem: An Analysis of the Conservative Movement’s Counter-Claims,” Social Problems (November 2000).