Anthony Leiserowitz

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

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Leiserowitz, A. (in press) Building public and political will for climate action. In A Better Planet: 37 Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Goldberg, M., van der Linden, S., Maibach, E. & Leiserowitz, A. (2019) Breaking the climate silence: Discussing global warming is associated with greater science acceptance over time. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Goldberg, M. H., Gustafson, A., Ballew, M. T., Rosenthal, S. A., & Leiserowitz, A. (2019). A social identity approach to engaging Christians in the issue of climate change. Science Communication, doi:10.1177/1075547019860847
Howe, P.D., Marlon, J.R., Wang, X., Leiserowitz, A. (2019). Public perceptions of the health risks of extreme heat across US states, counties, and neighborhoods. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(14), 6743-6748. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1813145116
van der Linden, S. Maibach, E. & Leiserowitz, A. (2019) Exposure to scientific consensus does not cause psychological reactance. Environmental Communication. DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2019.1617763
Goldberg, M., van der Linden, S., Leiserowitz, A. & Maibach, E. (2019) Perceived social consensus can reduce ideological biases on climate change. Environment & Behavior. DOI:10.1177/0013916519853302
Marlon, J., Bloodhart, B., Ballew, M., Rolfe-Redding, J., Roser-Renouf, C., Leiserowitz, A., & Maibach, E. (2019) How hope and doubt affect climate change mobilization. Frontiers in Communication. DOI: 10.3389/fcomm.2019.00020
Ballew, M., Goldberg, M., Rosenthal, S., Gustafson, A., & Leiserowitz, A. (2019) Systems thinking: A pathway to global warming beliefs and attitudes through a pro-environmental worldview. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1819310116
Esplin, E., Marlon, J., Leiserowitz, A., & Howe, P. (2019) Can you take the heat? Heat-induced health symptoms are associated with protective behaviors. Weather, Climate and Society. DOI: 10.1175/WCAS-D-18-0035.1
Goldberg, M., van der Linden, S., Ballew, M., Rosenthal, S., & Leiserowitz, A. (2019) The role of anchoring in judgements about expert consensus. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/jasp.12576
Ballew, M., Leiserowitz, A., Roser-Renouf, C., Rosenthal, S., Kotcher, J., Marlon, J., Lyon, E., Goldberg, M., & Maibach, E. (2019) Climate change in the American mind: Data, tools, and trends. Environment. DOI: 10.1080/00139157.2019.1589300
van der Linden, S. Maibach, E. & Leiserowitz, A. (2019) The Gateway Belief Model: A large-scale replication. Journal of Environmental Psychology. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.01.009
Ballew, M., Goldenberg, M., Rosenthal, S., Cutler, M. & Leiserowitz, A. (2019) Climate change activism among Latino and white Americans. Frontiers in Communication. DOI: 10.3389/fcomm.2018.00058
van der Linden, S., Maibach, E., & Leiserowitz, A. (2018) Perceptions of scientific consensus predict later beliefs about the reality of climate change using cross-lagged panel analysis: A response to Kerr and Wilson (2018). Journal of Environmental Psychology. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2018.10.002
Zhang, B., Mildenberger, M., Howe, P., Marlon, J., Rosenthal, S., & Leiserowitz, A. (2018) Quota sampling using Facebook advertisements. Political Science Research and Methods. DOI: 10.1017/psrm.2018.49
Cutler, M., Marlon, J., Howe, P., & Leiserowitz, A., (2018) The influence of political ideology and socioeconomic vulnerability on perceived health risks of heat waves in the context of climate change. Weather, Climate and Society. DOI: 10.1175/WCAS-D-17-0105.1
Olson-Hazboun, S., Howe, P. & Leiserowitz, A. (2018) The influence of fossil fuel extractive activities on public support for renewable energy policy. Energy Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2018.08.044
Chryst, B., Marlon, J., van der Linden, S., Leiserowitz, A., Maibach, E., & Roser-Renouf, C. (2018) Six Americas short survey. Environmental Communication. DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2018.1508047
Zhang, B., van der Linden, S., Mildenberger, M., Marlon, J., Howe, P., & Leiserowitz, A. (2018) Experimental effects of climate messages vary geographically. Nature Climate Change.
Kuebbing, S., Reimer, A., Rosethal, S., Feinberg, G., Leiserowitz, A., Lau, J., & Bradford, M. (2018) Long-term research in ecology and evolution: A survey of challenges and opportunities. Ecological Monographs. DOI: 10.1002/ecm.1289
 Thaker, J., Leiserowitz, A., Howe, P., & Maibach, E. (2018) Perceived collective efficacy and trust in government influence public engagement with climate change-related water conservation policies. Environmental Communication. DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2018.1438302
Marlon, J., van der Linden, S., Howe, P., Leiserowitz, A., Woo, L., & Broad, K. (2018) Detecting local environmental change: The role of experience in shaping risk judgments about global warming. Journal of Risk Research. DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2018.1430051
Kreslake, J., Sarfaty, M., Roser-Renouf, C., Leiserowitz, A., & Maibach, E. (2017) The critical roles of health professionals in climate change prevention and preparedness. The American Journal of Public Health. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.304044
van der Linden, S., Leiserowitz, A., & Maibach, E. (2017) Scientific agreement can neutralize the politicization of facts. Nature Human Behavior. DOI:10.1038/s41562-017-0259-2
van der Linden, S. Leiserowitz, A., & Maibach, E. (2017) Gateway illusion or cultural cognition confusion? Journal of Communication 16(05), A03.
van der Linden, S., Maibach, E., Cook, J., Leiserowitz, A., & Lewandowsky, S. (2017) Inoculating against misinformation. Science. 358(6367), pp. 1141-1142. DOI: 10.1126/science.aar4533
van der Linden, S., Maibach, E., Cook, J., Leiserowitz, A., Ranney, M., Lewandowsky, S., Arvai, J., and Weber, E. (2017) Culture vs. cognition is a false dilemma. Nature Climate Change 7(457). DOI: 10.1038/nclimate3323
Leiserowitz, A. & Smith, N. (2017) Affective imagery, risk perceptions, and climate change communication. Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.307
Mildenberger, M., Marlon, J., Howe, P., & Leiserowitz, A. (2017) The spatial distribution of Republican and Democratic climate and energy opinions at state and local scales. Climatic Change. DOI: 10.1007/s1058
Bradford, M., Leiserowitz, A., Feinberg, G., Rosenthal, S., & Lau, J. (2017) Long-term research in ecology and evolution (LTREE): 2015 survey data. Ecology. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1999
Turk, Z., Kotchen, M., & Leiserowitz, A. (2017) Public willingness to pay for a U.S. carbon tax and preferences for spending the revenue. Environmental Research Letters. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa822a
Myers, T., Maibach, E., Roser-Renouf, C. & Leiserowitz, A. (2017) Exposure to the Pope's climate change message activated convinced Americans to take certain activism actions. Global Challenges. DOI: 10.1002/gch2.201600019
Mildenberger, M. & Leiserowitz, A. (2017) Public opinion on climate change: Is there an economy-environment tradeoff? Environmental Politics.  5: 801-824. DOI:10.1080/09644016.2017.1322275
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
Myers, T., Maibach, E., Roser-Renouf, C., Anderson, A., Stenhouse, N., & Leiserowitz, A., (2017) Predictors of trust in the general science and climate science research of U.S. federal agencies. Public Understanding of Science. 26(7): 843-860 DOI: 10.1177/0963662516636040
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.
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
Maibach, E., Kreslake, J., Roser-Renouf, C., Rosenthal, S., Feinberg, G. & Leiserowitz, A. (2015) Do Americans understand that global warming is harmful to human health? Evidence from a national survey. Annals of Global Health. 8(3): 396-409. DOI: 10.1016/j.aogh.2015.08.010
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. DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE2728
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
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.