Scholars

Riley E. Dunlap

Oklahoma State University
United States

Riley E. Dunlap is Dresser Professor and Regents Professor of Sociology Emeritus at Oklahoma State University. For the past two decades his research has focused heavily on organized climate change denial and political polarization over climate change. He chaired the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change, and is co-editor of Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives (Oxford, 2015) produced by it. Dunlap is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Psychological Association, and a member of the Sociological Research Association. He was designated a 2019 “Highly Cited Researcher” by the Web of Science Group.

Publications

Riley E. Dunlap & Robert J. Brulle. “Sources and Amplifiers of Climate Change Denial.” In The Research Handbook on Communicating Climate Change. Cheltenham,

UK: Edgar Elgar, Forthcoming.

Deborah Lynn Guber, Jeremiah Bohr, & Riley E. Dunlap. 2020. “’Time to Wake Up’: Climate Change Advocacy in a Polarized Congress, 1996-2015,”

Environmental Politics (July 2020).

Aaron M. McCright & Riley E. Dunlap. 2017. “Combatting Misinformation Requires Recognizing Its Types and the Factors That Facilitate Its Spread and Resonance,”

Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition 6: 389-396 (December 2017).

Aaron M. McCright, Riley E. Dunlap, & Sandy Marquart-Pyatt. 2016. “Political Ideology and Views about Climate Change in the European Union,”

Environmental Politics 25: 338-358 (2016).

Riley E. Dunlap, Aaron M. McCright, & Jerrod Yarosh. 2016. “The Political Divide on Climate Change: Partisan Polarization Widens in the U.S,”

Environment 58 (September 2016).

Riley E. Dunlap & Aaron M. McCright. 2015. “Challenging Climate Change: The Denial Countermovement.” In Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives,

New York: Oxford University Press (September 2015).

Riley E. Dunlap. 2014. “Clarifying Anti-Reflexivity: Conservative Opposition to Impact Science and Scientific Evidence,”

Environmental Research Letters 9 (February 2014).

Riley E. Dunlap & Peter J. Jacques. 2013. “Climate Change Denial Books and Conservative Think Tanks: Exploring the Connection,”

American Behavioral Scientist 57: 699-731 (June 2013).

Shaun W. Elsasser & Riley E. Dunlap. 2013. “Leading Voices in The Denier Choir: Conservative Columnists’ Dismissal Of Global Warming and Denigration Of Climate Science,”

American Behavioral Scientist 57:754-776 (June 2013).

Riley E. Dunlap. 2013. “Climate Change Skepticism and Denial: An Introduction,”

American Behavioral Scientist 57:691-698 (May 2013).

Riley E. Dunlap & Aaron M. McCright. 2012. “Organized Climate-Change Denial.” In The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society,

New York: Oxford University Press (January 2012).

Aaron M. McCright & Riley E. Dunlap. 2011. “The Politicization of Climate Change: Political Polarization in the American Public’s Views of Global Warming,”

Sociological Quarterly 52: 155-194 (March 2011).

Aaron M. McCright & Riley E. Dunlap. 2010. “Anti-Reflexivity: The American Conservative Movement’s Success in Undermining Climate Science and Policy,”

Theory, Culture and Society 26: 100-133 (August 2010).

Riley E. Dunlap & Aaron M. McCright. 2010. “Climate Change Denial: Sources, Actors and Strategies.” In Routledge Handbook of Climate Change and Society,

Abingdon, UK: Routledge (August 2010).

Riley E. Dunlap. 2009. “The Conservative Assault on Climate Science: A Successful Case of Deconstructing Scientific Knowledge to Oppose Policy Change.” In Sociological Perspectives on Climate Change,

Washington, D.C. National Science Foundation (2009).

Riley E. Dunlap & Aaron M. McCright. 2008. “A Widening Gap: Republican and Democratic Views on Climate Change,”

Environment 50: 26-35 (September 2008).

Aaron M. McCright & Riley E. Dunlap. 2003. “Defeating Kyoto: The Conservative Movement’s Impact on U.S. Climate Change Policy,”

Social Problems 50: 348-373 (September 2003).

Aaron M. McCright & Riley E. Dunlap. 2000. “Challenging Global Warming as a Social Problem: An Analysis of the Conservative Movement’s Counter-Claims,”

Social Problems 47: 499-522 (November 2000).

Media Coverage

Riley E. Dunlap interviewed about mask wearing as a partisan issue by Thomas Edsall. When the Mask You’re Wearing ‘Tastes Like Socialism,’” New York Times, May 20, 2020.

Riley E. Dunlap interviewed about why President Trump stopped tweeting about climate change by Scott Waldman. Where’s Trump? He hasn’t tweeted about climate in 350 days,” E&E News, February 25, 2020.

Riley E. Dunlap quoted by Nadja Popovich. Climate Changes Rises as a Public Priority. But It’s More Partisan Than Ever,” New York Times, February 20, 2020.

Riley E. Dunlap interviewed on organized climate change denial and public opinion by Kelly Crowe. How ‘organized climate change denial’ shapes public opinion on global warming,” Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News, September 27, 2019.

Riley E. Dunlap interviewed about the growing partisanship of climate change by Susan Milligan. A Place in the Political Sun,” U.S. News & World Report, September 6, 2019.

Riley E. Dunlap interviewed about a climate change denial conference by Alexander Kaufman. EPA Air Chief Gave Presentation At Fringe Climate Denier Event, New Emails Show, HuffPost, June 14, 2019.