Anthony Leiserowitz

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Anthony Leiserowitz
Nationality United States
Fields Psychology, Geography, Political Science
Institutions Yale University 2007–
Yale Project on Climate Change Communication 2007–
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies 2007–
Alma mater University of Oregon Ph.D, 2003
Michigan State University B.A., 1990
Thesis Global warming in the American mind : the roles of affect, imagery, and worldviews in risk perception, policy preferences and behavior (2003)
Doctoral advisor Paul Slovic

Anthony Leiserowitz is the Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication[1] at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He is also a principal investigator at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University[2] and a research scientist at Decision Research.[3]


Leiserowitz is a widely recognized expert on American and international public opinion on global warming, including public perception of climate change risks, support and opposition for climate policies, and willingness to make individual behavioral change.[2][3][4] He has published over 50 scientific peer-reviewed articles on climate change beliefs, perceptions and behaviors [5] and is often invited to appear on popular talk shows such as Bill Moyers [6] and Real Time with Bill Maher.[7] Leiserowitz is a geographer trained in the cognitive and social psychology of risk perception and decision making.[8] His 2003 PhD dissertation 'Global Warming in the American Mind' has been widely influential. Members of his PhD committee [9] included, among others, Prof. Paul Slovic, who is often considered alongside Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, as the founding father of research on human judgment, risk perception and decision making.


Together with Prof. Edward Maibach of George Mason University, Leiserowitz is perhaps most widely recognized for his research on the 'Six Americas',[10] which segments the US population into 6 distinct categories based on the public's attitudes and beliefs toward global warming. The six segments include "the Alarmed" (18%), "the Concerned" (33%), "the Cautious" (19%), "the Disengaged" (12%), the "Doubtful" (11%) and the "Dismissive" (7%). Leiserowitz also recently conducted the first empirical assessment of worldwide public attitudes toward global sustainability.


  1. ^ "Staff". Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Anthony Leiserowitz". Center for Research on Environmental Decisions. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Anthony Leiserowitz". Decision Research. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Anthony Leiserowitz". Knowledge Networks. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Anthony Leiserowitz Profile". Yale. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Anthony Leiserowitz". Bill Moyers. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Anthony Leiserowitz on Real Time with Bill Maher". HBO. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Anthony Leiserowitz". Decision Research. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Global Warming in the American Mind" (PDF). PhD Dissertation, University of Oregon. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Global Warming Six Americas". Yale University. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Leiserowitz, A. (2005). "American Risk Perceptions: Is Climate Change Dangerous?". Risk Analysis 25 (6): 1433–1442. doi:10.1111/j.1540-6261.2005.00690. 
  • Leiserowitz, A. (2006). "Climate Change Risk Perception and Policy Preferences: The Role of Affect, Imagery and Values". Climatic Change 77 (1-2): 45–72. doi:10.1007/s10584-006-9059-9. 
  • Maibach, E.; Leiserowitz, A.; Roser-Renouf, C.; Mertz, C. (2011). "Identifying Like-Minded Audiences for Global Warming
  • Public Engagement Campaigns: An Audience Segmentation Analysis and Tool Development". PLoS One 6 (3): e17571. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017571.