• Rachael Shwom
  • Rachael Shwom
  • Professor, Climate and Society, Chair, Department of Human Ecology
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    Professor Rachael Shwom teaches undergraduate courses in Energy and Society, Innovative Solutions to Environmental Problems, and Theory and Reasoning in Human-Environment Interactions and graduate courses in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and the Environmental Movement. Her research interests are in environmental sociology, organizational sociology and consumption. Her research interests are in the areas of civil society organizations and societal change; how people make sense of climate change and respond; how social institutions structure environmentally significant-consumption; and models in the natural and social sciences. She is currently involved in projects exploring:how household greenhouse gas emissions can be measured and reduced, how people interpret disruptive events in an environment of organized irresponsibility and respond, the public’s preferences for energy decarbonization and impacts of survey sampling, and theorizing rapid social change and social tipping points.

  • Faculty Article(s):
  • Ideology, capitalism, and climate: Explaining public views about climate change in the United States
  • Program Areas:
  • Environment and Sustainability