About Matthew Nisbet
Nisbet studies the role of communication, journalism, and advocacy in politicized debates over science, the environment, and public health. The author of more than 70 peer-reviewed studies, scholarly book chapters, and reports, at Northeastern University he teaches courses in Environmental and Risk Communication and Health Communication. Nisbet holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Communication from Cornell University and a BA in Government from Dartmouth College.
Among awards and recognition, he has served as a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a Google Science Communication Fellow, and is currently a member of the National Academies Roundtable Committee on Public Interfaces in the Life Sciences.
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 1400 times (H-Index = 21), and according to Google Scholar more than 4000 times (H-Index = 29). In terms of scholarly impact, these metrics rank him among the top 1 percent of communication researchers worldwide.
Nisbet is a contributor of analysis and commentary to a variety of news outlets and writes the The Public Square blog at The Breakthrough Institute, a left-of-center think tank dedicated to modernizing environmentalism. Nisbet’s research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Nathan Cummings Foundation and his consulting experience includes 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.