Matthew C. Nisbet

Matthew C. Nisbet
Associate Professor, School of Communication
American University

Nisbet is a social scientist who studies strategic communication in policymaking and public affairs, focusing on debates over science, the environment and public health. He is the author of more than 35 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and he serves on the editorial boards of Science Communication and theInternational Journal of Press/Politics. Nisbet’s current research examining the debates over climate change and energy policy is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. In 2011, Nisbet was named a Google Science Communication Fellow in recognition of his work on climate change. His research has appeared at high-impact disciplinary journals such as Public Opinion Quarterly,Public Understanding of Science and Communication Research as well as interdisciplinary outlets such as ScienceEnvironment, the American Journal of Public HealthNature Biotechnology and BMC Public Health. This scholarship has been cited more than 500 times in the peer-reviewed literature and in more than 150 books. Nisbet has also contributed articles to a range of popular outlets including The Washington PostColumbia Journalism Review and Slate. He has given invited lectures on more than 30 college campuses and he has served as a consultant to a number of leading organizations including the National Academies of Science and the Leopold Leaders Program at Stanford University. Nisbet holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Communication from Cornell University and an A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College.

Recent Events

June 20, 2011

Dr. Matthew Nisbet leads a discussion on future efforts to pass national climate and energy policy.