Scholars

Rachel Wetts

Brown University
United States

Rachel Wetts is the Acacia Assistant Professor of Environment and Society and Sociology at Brown University. Her research examines how cultural and social psychological processes interact with systems of power and privilege to shape American politics. Rachel focuses on two areas of American politics with profound consequences for contemporary American society and for societies across the globe: the politics of white racial resentment, and the problem of stalled political action to address climate change. Her research has been published in such journals as Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences and Social Forces, and has been covered in major news outlets, including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and NPR.

Publications

Rachel Wetts. 2020. “In Climate News, Statements from Large Businesses and Opponents of Climate Action Receive Heightened Visibility,”

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117(32): 19054-19060 (August 2020).

Media Coverage

Rachel Wetts’ research on skewed media coverage of the climate change debate discussed by Ula Chrobak. Major news outlets are handing the mic to big business on climate issues,” Popular Science, August 3, 2020.

Rachel Wetts’ research on skewed media coverage of the climate change debate discussed by Joseph Winters. The cure of ‘both-sideism’: How climate denial skewed media coverage for 30 years,” Grist, July 28, 2020.

Rachel Wetts’ research on skewed media coverage of the climate change debate discussed Louise Boyle. Climate deniers get twice the news coverage of pro-climate messages, study finds,” The Independent, July 27, 2020.