Max Boykoff

University of Colorado Boulder
United States

Max Boykoff is the Director of the Environmental Studies Program. He is a Professor in Environmental Studies, as well as a Fellow in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU Boulder. Max has ongoing interests in cultural politics and environmental governance, science and environmental communications, science-policy interactions, political economy and the environment, and climate adaptation. Boykoff has worked in North America, Central America, South Asia, Oceania and Europe. He earned an Environmental Studies PhD at the University of California Santa Cruz and a Psychology Bachelor of Science at The Ohio State University. Before starting at CU Boulder, Max was a Research Fellow in the Environmental Change Institute and a Lecturer in the School of Geography and Environment at the University of Oxford.


Kristin M. F. Timm, Edward W, Maibach, Max Boykoff, Melissa A. Broekelman-Post, et al. 2020. “The prevalence and rationale for presenting an opposing viewpoint in climate change reporting: Findings from a United States national survey of TV weathercasters,”

Weather, Climate and Society (January 2020).

Max Boykoff. 2019. “Creative (Climate) Communications: Productive Pathways for Science, Policy and Society,”

Cambridge University Press, 302 pp. (August 2019).

Max Boykoff & Beth Osnes. 2019. “A Laughing Matter? Confronting Climate Change through Humor,”

Political Geography 68(1), 154-163 (January 2019).

Max Boykoff & David Oonk. 2018. “Evaluating the perils and promises of academic climate advocacy,”

Climatic Change (December 2018).

Max Boykoff & Shawn K. Olson. 2013. ‘‘Wise Contrarians’ in Contemporary Climate Science-Policy-Public Interactions,”

Celebrity Studies Journal 4(3), 276-291 (October 2013).

Max Boykoff. 2013. ”‘Public Enemy No.1?: Understanding media representations of outlier views on climate change,”

American Behavioral Scientist 57(6), 796-817 (March 2013).

Max Boykoff. 2011. “Who Speaks for Climate? Making sense of mass media reporting on climate change,”

Cambridge University Press, 240 pp. (September 2011).