About Matthew Nisbet
Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D. is currently Associate Professor of Communication at American University, Washington, D.C. As of Fall 2014, he will be Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
Nisbet studies the role of communication, journalism and advocacy in policymaking and public affairs, focusing on debates over climate change, energy, and sustainability. The author of more than 70 peer-reviewed studies, scholarly book chapters, and reports, he holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Communication from Cornell University and an AB in Government from Dartmouth College.
Among awards and recognition, Nisbet has been a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a Google Science Communication Fellow, and an Osher Fellow at The Exploratorium science center. He is a past member of the National Academies Roundtable Committee on Public Interfaces in the Life Sciences, and is currently an affiliate researcher at the Center for Climate Communication at George Mason University, and an affiliate faculty member with the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine.
In 2011, the editors at the journal Nature recommended Nisbet’s research as “essential reading for anyone with a passing interest in the climate change debate,” and the New Republic highlighted his work as a “fascinating dissection of the shortcomings of climate activism.” According to Reuters Web of Knowledge, Nisbet’s research has been cited in the peer-reviewed literature more than 1280 times (H-Index = 20), and according to Google Scholar more than 3650 times (H-Index = 28). These metrics place him among the top 1 percent of communication researchers worldwide.
Nisbet has given invited lectures on more than three dozen college campuses worldwide and at many other scholarly and professional venues. He is a contributor of analysis and commentary to a variety of news outlets, writes the The Public Square blog at The Breakthrough Institute, and is a contributor to Ensia, a web magazine focused on environmental science and solutions published by the Institute for the Environment at the University of Minnesota. Nisbet’s consulting experience includes research and analysis on behalf of the National Academies, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Centers for Disease Control, and other public and private sector clients.