Karen Akerlof, Adjunct Faculty
Karen Akerlof is a research assistant professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. She is the primary investigator of a grant for research support on behalf of the Climate Communication Consortium of Maryland (climatemaryland.org).
The consortium is a public-private partnership of organizations collaborating in generating and implementing research data to further public engagement on climate and energy statewide. She uses surveys, in-depth interviews, and content analyses to explore public perceptions of science and policy, and factors that influence individuals’ responses to environmental risks. Her work spans topics such as deliberative processes in local communities considering sea-level rise impacts, how individuals personally experience climate change, and depictions of climate modeling in the media.
She has published in Nature Climate Change, Climatic Change, and Global Environmental Change, and has served as primary investigator on grants funded by Audubon, Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and Town Creek Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan, and master’s and doctoral degrees in environmental science and policy from George Mason University.
Prof. Akerlof JHU email is firstname.lastname@example.org. She teaches 425.615 – Understanding Public Attitudes and Behaviors for the Communication of Climate and Energy Policy.