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The Center for Environmental Politics organizes a monthly colloquium series on environmental politics, policy, and governance. This series is made possible by the generous support of Gary and Susan Duck, UW alumni and long-standing benefactors of the department. Susan passed away in December 2015 after a prolonged illness. We miss her a lot.

The Duck Family Colloquium Series is managed by graduate students. For 2015-2016, Elizabeth Chrun (Political Science Ph.D. Candidate) will serve as the Richard B. Wesley Fellow in Environmental Politics and Governance and the chair of the Duck Family Colloquium series. The Center will host the following seminars, as described below.



Prof. Riley Dunlap

Riley Dunlap, Oklahoma State University

Friday, October 7, 2016

12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m., Smith 40A

“How Climate Change Became Controversial”

Riley Dunlap is Professor of Sociology at Oklahoma State University. His empirical research has had three major foci: (1) Environmental concern, including trends in public opinion on environmental issues; cross-national comparisons of citizen concern for the environment; and the nature and sources of environmental attitudes, beliefs and worldviews; (2) The environmental movement, particularly the evolution and current status of American environmentalism, public support for the environmental movement, and the development of international environmentalism; and (3) Climate change, especially public opinion toward climate change issues, political polarization over climate change and the nature and sources of climate-change denial. More recently, Dr. Dunlap was named the 2012 recipient of the William R. Freudenburg Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences. He is senior editor of a volume produced by the Task Force, Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2015).