Anthony Leiserowitz

Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC)

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

van der Linden, S., Leiserowitz, A., Rosenthal, S., & Maibach, E. (2017) Inoculating the public against misinformation about climate change. Global Challenges. DOI: 10.1002/gch2.201600009
Thaker, J., Zhao, X., & Leiserowitz, A. (2017) Media use and public perceptions of global warming in India. Environmental Communication.  DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2016.1269824
Hart, S., Feldman, L., Leiserowitz, A., & Maibach, E. (2016) Extending the impacts of hostile media perceptions: Influence on discussion and opinion polarization in the context of climate change. Science Communication. 37(4): 506-532. DOI: 10.1177/1075547015592067
Roser-Renouf, C., Atkinson, L., Maibach, E. & Leiserowitz, A. (2016) The consumer as climate activist: Beliefs, goals and behaviors. International Journal of Communication. 10: 4759-4783.
Myers, T., Maibach, E., Roser-Renouf, C., Anderson, A., Stenhouse, N., & Leiserowitz, A., (2016) Predictors of trust in the general science and climate science research of U.S. federal agencies. Public Understanding of Science. DOI: 10.1177/0963662516636040

Thaker, J., Maibach, E., Leiserowitz, A., Zhao, X., & Howe, P. (2016) The role of collective efficacy in climate change adaptation in India. Weather, Climate & Society. 21-34. DOI: 10.1175/WCAS-D-14-00037.1


van der Linden, S., Maibach, E., & Leiserowitz, A. (2015) Improving public engagement with climate change: Five “best practice” insights from psychological science. Perspectives on Psychological Science. 1-6. DOI: 10.1177/1745691615598516


Lee, T., Markowitz, E., Howe, P., Ko, C.Y., & Leiserowitz, A. (2015) Predictors of public climate change awareness and risk perception around the world. Nature Climate Change.


Howe, P., Mildenberger, M., Marlon, J. & Leiserowitz, A. (2015) Geographic variation in climate change public opinion in the U.S. Nature Climate Change. DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE2583


Myers, T., Maibach, E., Peters, E. & Leiserowitz, A. (2015) Simple messages help set the record straight about scientific agreement on human-caused climate change: The results of two experiments. PLoS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120985


van der Linden, S., Leiserowitz, A., Feinberg, G., & Maibach, E. (2015) The scientific consensus on climate change as a gateway belief: Experimental evidence. PLoS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118489


Feldman, L., Hart, S., Leiserowitz, A., Maibach, E., & Roser-Renouf, C. (2015) Do hostile media perceptions lead to action? The role of hostile media perceptions, political efficacy, and ideology in predicting climate change activism. Communication Research. DOI: 10.1177/0093650214565914


van der Linden, S., Leiserowitz, A., Feinberg, G., & Maibach, E. (2014) How to communicate the scientific consensus on climate change: Plain facts, pie charts or metaphors? Climatic Change 126 (1-2), 255-262. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1190-4


Howe, P., Thaker, J. & Leiserowitz, A. (2014) Public perceptions of rainfall change in India. Climatic Change. 127(2): 211-225.  DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1245-6


Howe, P., Boudet, H., Leiserowitz, A., & Maibach, E. (2014)) Mapping the shadow of experience of extreme weather events. Climatic Change. 127:381-389. DOI 10.1007/s10584-014-1253-6


Flora, J., Saphir, M., Lappe, M., Roser-Renouf, C., Maibach, E. & Leiserowitz, A. (2014) Evaluation of a national high school education program: The Alliance for Climate Education. Climatic Change. DOI 10.1007/s10584-014-1274-1


Maibach, E., Myers, T. & Leiserowitz, A. (2014) Scientists need to set the record straight: There is a scientific consensus that human-caused climate change is happening. Future Earth. 2(5): 295-298. DOI: 10.1002/2013EF000226


Feldman, L., Myers, T., Hmielowski, J., & Leiserowitz, A. (2014) The mutual reinforcement of media selectivity and effects: Testing the reinforcing spirals framework in the context of global warming. Journal of Communication. DOI:10.1111/jcom.12108


Roser-Renouf, C., Maibach, E., Leiserowitz, A., & Zhao, X. (2014) The genesis of climate change activism: From key beliefs to political action. Climatic Change. 125(2): 163-178. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1173-5


Thaker, J. & Leiserowitz, A. (2014) Shifting discourses of climate change in India. Climatic Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1059-6


Smith, N. & Leiserowitz, A. (2014) The role of emotion in global warming policy support and opposition. Risk Analysis. DOI: 10.1111/risa.12140


Boudet, H., Clarke, C., Bugden, D., Roser-Renouf, C., Maibach, E. & Leiserowitz, A. (2014) “Fracking” controversy and communication: Using national survey data to understand public perceptions of hydraulic fracturing. Energy Policy. 65: 57-67. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.10.017


Gorokhovich, Y., Leiserowitz, A., & Dugan, D. (2014) Integrating coastal vulnerability and community-based subsistence resource mapping in northwest Alaska. Journal of Coastal Research, 30(1): 158-169. DOI: 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-13-00001.1


Stenhouse, N., Maibach, E, Cobb, S., Ban, R., Bleistein, P., Bierly, E., Seitter, K., Rasmussen, G., & Leiserowitz, A. (2013) Meteorologists’ views about global warming: A survey of American Meteorological Society professional members. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00091.1


Howe, P. & Leiserowitz, A. (2013) Who remembers a hot summer or a cold winter? The asymmetric effect of beliefs about global warming on perceptions of local climate conditions in the U.S. Global Environmental Change. DOI:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2013.09.014


Kotchen, M., Boyle, K., & Leiserowitz, A. (2013) Willingness to pay and policy-instrument choice for climate change policy in the United States. Energy Policy. 55: 617-625. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.12.058


Anderson, A. Myers, T., Maibach, E., Cullen, H., Gandy, J., Witte, J., Stenhouse, N. & Leiserowitz, A. (2013) If they like you, they learn from you: How a brief weathercaster-delivered climate education segment is moderated by viewer evaluations of the weathercaster. Weather, Climate & Society, 5(4): 367-377. DOI: 10.1175/WCAS-D-12-00051.1


Smith, N. & Leiserowitz, A. (2013) American evangelicals and global warming. Global Environmental Change. 23(5): 1009-1017. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2013.04.001


Hmielowski, J., Leiserowitz, A., Myers, T., Maibach, E. & Feldman, L. (2013) An attack on science? Media use, trust in scientists, and perceptions of global warming. Public Understanding of Science. DOI: 10.1177/0963662513480091


Leiserowitz, A., Maibach, E., Roser-Renouf, C., Smith, N., & Dawson, E. (2013) Climategate, public opinion, and the loss of trust. American Behavioral Scientist. 57:6, 818-837. DOI: 10.1177/0002764212458272


Fonseca, M., Hueffer, K. Leiserowitz, A., & Taylor, K. (2013) The wisdom of crowds: Predicting a weather and climate-related event. Judgment and Decision Making. 8:2, 91-105.


Myers, T., Maibach, E., Roser-Renouf, C., Akerlof, K., & Leiserowitz, A. (2012) The relationship between personal experience and belief in the reality of global warming. Nature Climate Change. DOI:10.1038/nclimate1754


Howe, P., Markowitz, E., Lee, T.M., Ko, C.Y., & Leiserowitz, A. (2012) Global perceptions of local temperature change. Nature Climate Change. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate1768


Leiserowitz, A. (2012) Weather, Climate, and (Especially) Society. Weather, Climate and Society. 4: 87-89. DOI: 10.1175/WCAS-D-12-00025.1


Myers, T., Nisbet, M., Maibach, E., & Leiserowitz, A. (2012) A public health frame arouses hopeful emotions about climate change. Climatic Change. DOI:10.1007/s1058401205136


Maibach, E., Leiserowitz, A., Cobb, S., Shank, M., Cobb, K., & Gulledge, J. (2012) The legacy of “climategate:” Revitalizing or undermining climate science and policy? Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. 3(3): 289-295. DOI:10.1002/wcc.168


Aldy, J., Kotchen, M., & Leiserowitz, A. (2012) Willingness to pay and political support for a U.S. national clean energy standard. Nature Climate Change. 2: 596-599. DOI:10.1038/nclimate1527


Smith, N. & Leiserowitz, A. (2012) The rise of global warming skepticism: Exploring affective image associations. Risk Analysis. 32:6, 1021-1032. DOI: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2012.01801.x


O’Riordan, T. Leiserowitz, A., McGowan, A., & Cutter, S. (2012) Rio+20: An endangered species? Environment. 54:2, 44-50. DOI: 10.1080/00139157.2012.657136


Mead, E., Rimal, R., Roser-Renouf, C., Flora, J., Maibach, E., & Leiserowitz, A. (2012) Information seeking about global climate change among parents and their adolescents: The role of risk perceptions and efficacy beliefs. Atlantic Journal of Communication. 20:1, 31-52. DOI: 10.1080/15456870.2012.637027


Ding, D., Maibach, E., Zhao, X., Roser-Renouf, C. & Leiserowitz, A. (2011) Support for climate policy and societal action are linked to perceptions about scientific agreement. Nature Climate Change. DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE1295


Feldman, L., Maibach, E., Roser-Renouf, C. & Leiserowitz, A. (2011) Climate on cable: The nature and impact of global warming coverage on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC. International Journal of Press/Politics. DOI: 10.1177/1940161211425410


Gorokhovich, Y. & Leiserowitz, A. (2011) Historical and future coastal changes in Northwest Alaska. Journal of Coastal Research. DOI: 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-11-00031.1


Nisbet, M., Maibach, E., & Leiserowitz, A. (2011) Framing peak petroleum as a human health issue: Audience research and participatory engagement. American Journal of Public Health, 101(9): 1620-1626. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300230


Zhao, X., Leiserowitz, A., Maibach, E., & Roser-Renouf, C. (2011). Attention to science/environment news positively predicts and attention to political news negatively predicts global warming risk perceptions and policy support. Journal of Communication, 61: 713-731. DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-2466.2011.01563.x


Maibach, E., Leiserowitz, A., Roser-Renouf, C., & Mertz, C.K. (2011) Identifying like-minded audiences for climate change public engagement campaigns: An audience segmentation analysis and tool development. PLoS ONE 6(3): e17571. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0017571.

Leiserowitz, A. & Barstow, D. (2010) Education and communication. Chapter 8 in Liverman, D. et al., Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change. Washington, D.C., America’s Climate Choices Report, Panel on Informing Effective Decisions and Actions Related to Climate Change, National Academy of Sciences.


Leiserowitz, A. (2010) Climate change risk perceptions and behavior in the United States, in S. Schneider, A. Rosencranz, and M. Mastrandrea, eds. Climate Change Science and Policy. Island Press.


Liu, Chung-En and Leiserowitz, A. (2009) From Red to Green? Environmental attitudes and behavior in urban China. Environment, 51(4), 32-45.


Hart, P. and Leiserowitz, A. (2009) Finding the teachable moment: An analysis of information-seeking behavior on global warming related websites during the release of The Day After Tomorrow. Environmental Communication, 3(3), 355-366.


Maibach, E. W., Roser-Renouf, C., and Leiserowitz, A. (2008). Communication and marketing as climate change-intervention assets: A public health perspective. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 35(5), 488-500.


Leiserowitz, A. and Fernandez, L. (2008) Toward a new consciousness: Values to sustain human and natural communities. Environment, 50(5), 62-69.


Marx, S., Weber, E., Orlove, B., Leiserowitz, A., Krantz, D., Roncoli, C., Phillips, J. (2007) Communication and mental processes: Experiential and analytic processing of uncertain climate information. Global Environmental Change, 17(1), 47-58.


Broad, K., Leiserowitz, A., Weinkle, J., and Steketee, M. (2007) Misinterpretations of the “cone of uncertainty” during the 2004 Florida hurricane season. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 88(6), 651-667.


Leiserowitz, A., Kates, R., and Parris, T. (2006) Sustainability values, attitudes and behaviors: A review of multi-national and global trends. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 413-444.


Leiserowitz, A. (2006) Climate change risk perception and policy preferences: The role of affect, imagery, and values. Climatic Change, 77, 45-72.


Lorenzoni, I., Leiserowitz, A., Doria, M., Poortinga, W., and Pidgeon, N. (2006) Cross-national comparisons of image associations with ‘global warming’ and ‘climate change’ among laypeople in the United States of America and Great Britain. Journal of Risk Research, 9 (3), 265-281.


Leiserowitz, A. (2005) American risk perceptions: Is climate change dangerous? Risk Analysis, 25 (6), 1433-1442.


Leiserowitz, A., Kates, R., and Parris, T. (2005) Do global attitudes and behaviors support sustainable development? Environment, 47(9), 22-38.


Kates, R., Parris, T. and Leiserowitz, A. (2005) What is sustainable development? Goals, indicators, values and practice. Environment, 47(3), 8-21.


Leiserowitz, A. (2005) The international impact of The Day After Tomorrow. Environment, 47(3), 41-44.


Leiserowitz, A. (2004) Before and after The Day After Tomorrow: A U.S. study of climate change risk perception. Environment, 46(9), 22-37.

Book Chapters

Roser-Renouf, C., Stenhouse, N., Rolfe-Redding, J., Maibach, E., & Leiserowitz, A. (2015) Engaging diverse audiences with climate change: Message strategies for Global Warming’s Six Americas. In Cox, R. & Anders, H. (eds.) Handbook of Environment and Communication.
Feldman, L., Leiserowitz, A., and Maibach, E. (2011) The science of satire: The Daily Show and The Colbert Report as sources of public attention to science and the environment, in Amarasingam, A. (Ed.), The Stewart / Colbert Effect: Essays on the Real Impacts of Fake News. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company.
Maibach E, Roser-Renouf C, Akerlof K, Leiserowitz A, Nisbet M. (2010). Saving Energy Is a Value Shared by All Americans: Results of a Global Warming Audience Segmentation Analysis. In K. Erhardt-Martinez & J. Laitner (eds) People-Centered Initiatives for Increasing Energy Savings. Washington, DC: American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.
Leiserowitz, A., Kates, R., and Parris, T. (2008) Sustainability values, attitudes and behaviors: A review of multi-national and global trends, in R. Mitchell, ed. International Environmental Politics. New York, NY: Sage Press, 201-233.
Leiserowitz, A. and Fernandez, L. (2008) Toward a new consciousness: Values to sustain human and natural communities. New Haven, CT: Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Leiserowitz, A. (2008) Climate change in the American mind, in C. Pumphrey, ed. Global climate change: National security implications. Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, 213-226.
Leiserowitz, A. (2007) International public perception, opinion, and understanding of climate change: Current patterns, trends, and limitations. Thematic paper for: Human Development Report 2007: Climate Change and Human Development – Rising to the Challenge. United Nations Development Program.
Leiserowitz, A. (2007) Communicating the risks of global warming: American risk perceptions, affective images and interpretive communities, in S. Moser and L. Dilling, eds. Creating a climate for change: Communicating climate change and facilitating social change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 44-63.