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  • Nisbet, M.C. (in press). Disruptive Ideas: Public Intellectuals and their Arguments for Action on Climate Change. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change. [PDF]
  • Nisbet, M.C. & Markowitz, E. (in press). Expertise in an Age of Polarization: Evaluating Scientists’ Political Awareness and Communication Behaviors. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. [PDF]
  • Nisbet, M.C. & Fahy, D. (in press). Why We Need Knowledge-based Journalism in Politicized Science Debates. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. [PDF]
  • Nisbet, M.C. & Becker, A. (in press). The Polls-Trends: Public Opinion about Stem Cell Research Across U.S. Elections and Legislative Debates. Public Opinion Quarterly. [PDF]
  • Nisbet, M.C. & Markowitz, E. (2014). Understanding Public Opinion in Debates Over Biomedical Research: Looking Beyond Partisanship to Focus on Beliefs about Science and Society. PLoS ONE 9(2): e88473. [HTML] [PDF]

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • Nisbet, M.C. & Newman, T.P. (in press). Framing, the Media, and Environmental Communication. In H. Anders & R. Cox (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Environment and Communication. London: Routledge. [PDF]
  • Nisbet, M.C. (in press). Environmental Advocacy in the Obama Years: Assessing New Strategies for Political Change. In N. Vig & M. Kraft (Eds), Environmental Policy: New Directions for the Twenty-First Century, 9th Edition. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press. [PDF]
  • Nisbet, M.C. (in press). Framing, the Media and Risk Communication in Policy Debates. In H. Cho, T. Reimer, and & K. McComas (eds), Sage Handbook of Risk Communication. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications. [PDF]
  • Nisbet, M.C. (in press). Agenda-Building. In W. Donsbach (ed), The Concise Encyclopedia of Communication. New York: Wiley-Blackwell. [Info]
  • Nisbet, M.C. (2014). Engaging in Science Policy Controversies: Insights from the U.S. Debate Over Climate Change. Handbook of the Public Communication of Science and Technology, 2nd Edition. London: Routledge. [PDF] [HTML]
  • Nisbet, M.C. (2014). Beyond Polarization: The Limits to Technocratic and Activist Approaches to Climate Politics. In M. Boykoff & D. Crow (Eds.), Culture, Politics & Climate Change: How Information Shapes our Common Future. New York: Routledge. [Info]
  • Weathers, M., Maibach, E.W., & Nisbet, M.C. (2014). Climate Change and Health. In T. Thompson (Ed.), Sage Encyclopedia of Health Communication. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications. [Info]

Magazine Articles, Commentaries & Reviews

  • Nisbet, M.C.& Markowitz, E. (2014, Feb. 18). Beyond Partisanship in Biopolitics. The Scientist. [HMTL]
  • Nisbet, M.C. & Markowitz, E. (2014, Feb. 19). Opinions about Scientific Advances Blur Party/Political Lines. The Conversation UK. [HMTL]
  • Nisbet, M.C. (2014, Feb. 18). Our Biopolitics Future. The Public Square blog at The Breakthrough. [HTML]

2013 Journal Articles

  • Nisbet, M.C. & Fahy, D. (2013). Bioethics in Popular Science: Evaluating the Media Impact of The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksBMC Medical Ethics, 14: 10. [HTML & PDF]
  • Besley, J. & Nisbet, M.C. (2013). How Scientists View the Media, the Public, and the Political Process. Public Understanding of Science, 22: 644-659. [PDF] [HTML summary]
  • Besley, J., Oh, S.W., & Nisbet, M.C. (2013). Predicting Scientists’ Participation in Public Life. Public Understanding of Science, 22, 8, 971-987 [PDF].

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • Nisbet, M.C. (2013). Foreward. In M. Hulme, Exploring Climate Change through Science and in Society: An Anthology of Mike Hulme’s Essays, Interviews Speeches. London: Routledge Earth Scan. [Amazon]
  • Nisbet, M.C. & Dudo, A. (2013). Entertainment Media Portrayals and their Effects on Public Understanding of Science. In Donna J. Nelson, Kevin Grazier, Jaime Paglia & Sidney Perkowitz (Eds), Hollywood Chemistry. Philadelphia, PA: American Chemical Society. [Abstract & PDF]
  • Weathers, M., Maibach, E.W., & Nisbet, M.C. (2013). Conveying the Human Implications of Climate Change: Using Audience Research to Inform the Work of Public Health Professionals. In D.Y Kim, G. Kreps, & Singhal, A. (Eds.) Health Communication: Strategies for Developing Global Health Programs. New York: Peter Lang. [Amazon]

Discussion Papers & Reports

  • Nisbet, M.C. (2013). Nature’s Prophet: Bill McKibben as Journalist, Public Intellectual, and Activist. Joan Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics, and Public Policy.  Discussion Paper Series, D-78 March.  Cambridge, MA: Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. [PDF] [Summary, Slides, Video]

Magazine Articles, Commentaries and Reviews

  • Nisbet, M.C. (2013, Nov. 26). A New Model for Climate Advocacy: Pragmatism and compromise are needed to break down climate change into smaller, interconnected problems, where progress can actually be achieved. Ensia magazine. [HTML]
  • Nisbet, M.C. (2013, April/May). The Opponent: How Bill McKibben Changed Environmental Politics and Took on the Oil Patch. Policy Options magazine (Canada), pg. 29-41. [HTML]
  • Fahy, D. & Nisbet, N.C. (2013, July). Opinion: Debating Bioethics Openly. The Scientist magazine, pg 20-21. [HMTL]
  • Nisbet, M.C. (2013, June 21). How to Win People’s Hearts and Minds for GM Farming. New Scientist magazine. [HTML]
  • Nisbet, M.C. (2013, Feb. 25). Climate Activists, Wonks and Superheroes: As We Work to Combat Climate Change, Healthy Debate about Strategy Can Be a Strength Rather than Our Undoing. Ensia magazine. [HTML]
  • Nisbet, MC. (2013, Feb. 10). Rethinking Our Moral Vocabulary on Climate Change: Efforts to Combat Climate Change May Be Most Effective When They Are Localized and Personalized. Ensia magazine. [HTML]

2012 Journal Articles

  • Myers, T., Nisbet, M.C., Maibach, E.W., & Leiserowitz, A. (2012). A Public Health Frame Arouses Hopeful Emotions about Climate Change.  Climatic Change Research Letters, 1105-1121. [PDF]

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • Nisbet, M.C., Markowitz, E.M., & Kotcher, J. (2012). Winning the Conversation: Framing and Moral Messaging in Environmental Campaigns. In L. Ahern & D. Bortree, (Eds.). Talking greenExploring current issues in environmental communication. New York: Peter Lang. [PDF] [HTML]
  • Scheufele, D.A. & Nisbet, M.C. (2012). Online News and the Demise of Political Disagreement. In Salmon, C. (Ed.), Communication Yearbook 36. New York: Routledge. [PDF] [HTML]

Magazine Articles, Commentaries and Reviews

  • Nisbet, M.C. & Scheufele, D.A. (2012, July 23). Scientists’ Intuitive Failures. The Scientist magazine. [HTML]
  • Nisbet, M.C. (2012, May 25). Squaring the Genetically Modified Crop Circle. New Scientist magazine. [HTML]
  • Nisbet, M.C. & Scheufele, D.A. (2012, Aug.) The Polarization Paradox: Why Hyperpartisanship Promotes Conservatism and Undermines Liberalism. Breakthrough Journal3, 55-69. [HTML]

2011 Journal Articles

  • Nisbet, M.C., Maibach, E. & Leiserowitz, A. (2011). Framing Peak Petroleum as a Public Health Problem: Audience Research and Participatory Engagement.  American Journal of Public Health, 101: 1620-1626. [HTML]
  • Fahy, D. & Nisbet, M.C. (2011). The Science Journalist Online: Shifting Roles and Emerging Practices. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism12: 778-793. [HTML]

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • Nisbet, M.C. (2011). Public Opinion and Political Participation. In D. Schlosberg, J. Dryzek, & R. Norgaard (Eds.).Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society. London, UK: Oxford University Press. [HTML] [PDF]
  • Nisbet, M.C. & Feldman, L. (2011). The Social Psychology of Political Communication. In D. Hook, B. Franks and M. Bauer (Eds.), Communication, Culture and Social Change: The Social Psychological Perspective. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [PDF]
  • Nisbet, M.C. (2011). Reconsidering the Function and Image of Science in Film and Television. In S. Caulfield, C. Gillespie, & T. Caulfield (Eds.), Perceptions of Promise: Biotechnology, Society, and Art. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press. [Amazon]

Discussion Papers & Reports

  • Nisbet, M.C. (2011). Climate Shift: Clear Vision for the Next Decade of Public Debate. Washington, DC: American University, School of Communication. [HTML] [PDF]
  • Nisbet, M.C. & Dudo, A. (2011, January).  Science, Entertainment, and Education: Annotated Bibliography and Literature Review. Commissioned report in support of the National Academies Science & Entertainment Exchange. [PDF]
  • Maibach, E.W., Nisbet, M.C., & Weather, M. (2011). Conveying the Human Health Implications of Climate Change: A Climate Change Communication Primer for Public Health Professionals. Washington, DC: George Mason University, Center for Climate Change Communication. [PDF]

Magazine Articles, Commentaries and Reviews

  • Nisbet, M.C. (2011, Spring.) Beyond the Blame Game.  Momentum magazine. [HTML]

2010 Journal Articles

  • Nisbet, M.C., Hixon, M., Moore, K.D., & Nelson, M. (2010). The Four Cultures: New Synergies for Engaging Society on Climate change. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 8, 329-331. [HTML]
  • Zarzeczny, A., Rachul, C., Nisbet, M.C., & Caulfield, T. (2010). Stem Cell Clinics in the News. Nature Biotechnology, 28, 12, 1243-46.
  • Groffman, P. Stylinski, C., Nisbet, M.C. et al. (2010). Restarting the Conversation: Challenges at the Interface of Science and Society. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 8, 284-291. (HTML)
  • Maibach, E., Nisbet, M.C. et al. (2010). Reframing Climate Change as a Public Health Issue: An Exploratory Study of Public Reactions. BMC Public Health 10: 299 (HTML).

Discussion Papers & Reports

  • Nisbet, M.C. (2010, December). Civic Education about Climate Change: Opinion-Leaders,Communication Infrastructure, and Participatory Culture. Commissioned paper in support of the Climate Change Education Roundtable, National Academies, Washington, DC.
  • Feldman, L., Nisbet, M.C., Leiserowitz, A., & Maibach, E. (2010, March). The Climate Change Generation? Survey Analysis of the Perceptions and Beliefs of Young Americans. Joint Report of American University’s School of Communication, The Yale Project on Climate Change, and George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication. [Exec Summary and PDF].
  • Maibach, E., Leiserowitz, A., Roser-Renouf, C.,  Akerlof, K., & Nisbet, M. (2010). Saving energy is a value shared by all Americans. of public reactions: Results of a global warming audience segmentation analysis. In K. Ehrhardt-Martinez & J.A. Laitner (eds). People-centered initiatives for increasing energy savings. Pgs. 8-1 to 14. Washington, DC: American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. [PDF]

Magazine Articles, Commentaries and Reviews

  • Nisbet, M.C. (2010, April 1). Scientifiques, gardez voitre sang-froid. magazine (France) [HTML]
  • Nisbet, M.C. (2010, March 18). Chill out: Climate scientists are getting a little too angry for their own good. Slate magazine. [HTML]

2009 Journal Articles

  • Nisbet, M.C. (2009). Communicating Climate Change: Why Frames Matter to Public Engagement. Environment, 51 (2), 514-518. (HTML) (PDF).
  • Nisbet, M.C. & Kotcher, J. (2009). A Two Step Flow of Influence? Opinion-Leader Campaigns on Climate Change.  Science Communication, 30, 328-358. (PDF).
  • Nisbet, M.C. & Scheufele, D.A. (2009). What’s Next for Science Communication? Promising Directions and Lingering Distractions. American Journal of Botany, 96(10), 1767–1778. [PDF]
  • Bubela, T., Nisbet, M.C. et al. (2009). Science Communication Re-Considered. Nature Biotechnology, 27, 514-518. [PDF]

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • Nisbet, M.C. (2009). Knowledge into Action: Framing the Debates Over Climate Change and Poverty. In P. D’Angelo and J. Kuypers, Doing News Framing Analysis: Empirical, Theoretical, and Normative Perspectives.  New York: Routledge. [Google Books Excerpt]
  • Nisbet, M.C. (2009). Framing Science: A New Paradigm in Public Engagement. In L. Kahlor and P. Stout (Eds.), Communicating Science: New Agendas in Communication (pp 40-67). New York: Routledge. [PDF]
  • Nisbet, M.C. (2009). The Ethics of Framing Science. In B. Nerlich, B. Larson, & R. Elliott (Eds.). Communicating Biological Sciences: Ethical and Metaphorical Dimensions (pp 51-74). London: Ashgate. [HTML] [PDF].

Discussion Papers and Reports

  • Aufderheide, P., Clark, J., Nisbet, M.C., Dessauer, C., & Donnelly, K. (2009). Best Practices in Digital Journalism. Report to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by the Center for Social Media at American University, Washington, DC.

Magazine Articles, Commentaries and Reviews

  • Nisbet, M.C., Brossard, D. & Scheufele, D.A. (2009, Sept. 16). Science Needs a Storyline. Columbia Journalism Review Online. [HTML]

2008 Journal Articles

  • Roser-Renouf, C. & Nisbet, M.C. (2008). The Measure of Key Behavioral Science Constructs in Climate Change Research. International Journal of Sustainability Communication, 3, 37-95.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • Nisbet, M.C. (2008). Communicating Climate Change: Real People, Urban Places. In R. Plunz & M.P. Sutto (Eds.), Urban Climate Change Crossroads (pp 93-110). New York: Urban Design Lab, Columbia University.

2007 Journal Articles

  • Nisbet, M.C. & Goidel, R.K. (2007). Understanding Citizen Perceptions of Science Controversy: Bridging the Ethnographic-Survey Research Divide.  Public Understanding of Science, 16, 4, 421-440. [PDF]
  • Nisbet, M.C. & Myers, T. (2007). Twenty-Years of Public Opinion about Global Warming. Public Opinion Quarterly, 71, 3, 444-470. [PDF]
  • Brossard, D. & Nisbet, M.C. (2007). Deference to Scientific Authority Among a Low Information Public: Understanding American views about Agricultural Biotechnology.  International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 19, 1, 24-52. [PDF]
  • Nisbet, M.C. & Mooney, C. (2007). Policy Forum: Framing Science. Science, 316, 5821, 56. [PDF] Reply Letters [PDF]

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • Nisbet, M.C. & Huge, M. (2007).  Where Do Science Policy Debates Come From? In D. Brossard, J. Shanahan, & C. Nesbitt (Eds.) The Public, the Media, and Agricultural Biotechnology (pp 193-230). New York: CABI/Oxford University Press. [PDF]

Discussion Papers & Reports

  • Nisbet, M.C. (2007). Communicating about Poverty and Low Wage Work:  A New Agenda. Report to Inclusion and the Joyce Foundation. [PDF]
  • Nisbet, M.C. (2007).  Understanding the Social Impact of Documentary Film.  In K. Hirsch, Documentaries on a mission:  How non-profits are making movies for public engagement. A Future of Public Media Project, funded by the Ford Foundation.  Center for Social Media, American University. [PDF]

Magazine Articles, Commentaries and Reviews

  • Nisbet, M.C. & Scheufele, D.A. (2007, Oct.) The Future of Public Engagement. The Scientist, 21, 10, 38-44. [Cover article]
  • Nisbet, M.C. & Mooney, C. (2007, April 15). Thanks for the Facts. Now Sell Them. Sunday Outlook. Washington Post, B3. [HTML]
  • Nisbet, M.C. (2006, Sept.) Intelligent Design in the U.S. and Abroad. Foreign Policy (Spanish edition).
  • Nisbet, M.C. (2006). Review: The Evolution of Key Mass Communication Concepts: Honoring Jack M. McLeod. Mass Communication & Society, 9, (3) 367-372.

2006 Journal Articles

  • Nisbet, M.C. & Huge, M. (2006). Attention Cycles and Frames in the Plant Biotechnology Debate: Managing Power and Participation Through the Press/Policy Connection. Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, 11, 2, 3-40. [PDF]
  • Goidel, K. & Nisbet, M.C. (2006). Exploring the Roots of Public Participation in the Controversy over Stem Cell Research and Cloning. Political Behavior, 28 (2), 175-192. [PDF]

2005 Journal Articles

  • Nisbet, M.C. (2005). The Competition for Worldviews: Values, Information, and Public Support for Stem Cell Research.  International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 17, 1, 90-112.
  • Scheufele, D.A., Nisbet, M.C., & Ostman, R.A. (2005) International News in Times of Crisis: September 11 News Coverage, Public Opinion, and Support for Civil Liberties.  Mass Communication & Society, 8 (3), 197-218.

Magazine Articles, Commentaries and Reviews

  • Mooney, C. & Nisbet, M.C. (2005, Sept./Oct.). When Coverage of Evolution Shifts to the Political and Opinion Pages, the Scientific Context Falls Away, Unraveling Darwin. Columbia Journalism Review, 31-39. [Cover article] [PDF] [HTML]
  • Nisbet, M.C. & Nisbet, E.C. (2005).  Evolution and Intelligent Design: Understanding Public Opinion. Geotimes, 58, (8), 28-33. [HTML]

2004 Journal Articles

  • Nisbet M.C. & Scheufele, D.A. (2004).  Political Talk as a Catalyst for Online Citizenship.  Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 81, 4, 877-896.
  • Nisbet, M.C. (2004). The Polls: Public Opinion about Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning.  Public Opinion Quarterly, 68 (1), 132-155. [PDF]
  • Scheufele, D.A., Nisbet., M. C., Brossard, D., & Nisbet, E. C. (2004). Social Structure and Citizenship: Examining the Impacts of Social Setting, Network Heterogeneity, and Informational Variables on Political Participation. Political Communication, 21, 315-328.
  • Nisbet, E.C., Nisbet, M.C., Scheufele, D.A., & Shanahan, J. (2004).  Public Diplomacy, Television News, and Muslim Opinion.  Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics 9 (2), 11-37.

Magazine Articles, Commentaries and Reviews

  • Nisbet, M.C. (2004). Review: Navigating Public Opinion: Polls, Policy, and the future of American Democracy.  Public Opinion Quarterly, 68 316-319.
  • Nisbet, M.C. (2004) Journalism with a Worldview. Review of Bioevolution: How Biotechnology is Changing our World by Michael Fumento.  Nature Biotechnology, 22 (2) 155 – 156.

2003 Journal Articles

  • Nisbet, M.C., Brossard, D., & Kroepsch, A. (2003).  Framing Science: The Stem Cell Controversy in an Age of Press/Politics.  Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics,8 (2), 36-70. [PDF]
  • Scheufele, D. A., Nisbet, M. C., & Brossard, D. (2003). Pathways to Participation? Religion, Communication Contexts, and Mass media. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 15 (3), 300-324.

2002 Journal Articles

  • Nisbet, M.C., Scheufele, D.A., Shanahan, J.E., Moy, P., Brossard, D., & Lewenstein, B.V. (2002). Knowledge, Reservations, or Promise? A Media Effects Model for Public Perceptions of Science and Technology. Communication Research, 29 (5), 584-608. [PDF]
  • Scheufele, D.A. & Nisbet, M.C. (2002). Being a Citizen On-line: New Opportunities and Dead Ends.  Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, 7 (3), 53-73. [PDF]
  • Nisbet, M.C. & Lewenstein, B.V. (2002).  Biotechnology and the American media: The Policy Process and the Elite Press, 1970 to 1999.  Science Communication, 23 (4) 359-391. [PDF]