J. Craig Jenkins

Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Senior Research Analyst, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, The Ohio State University

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About J. Craig

Jenkins studies the politics of collective action and is best known for four lines of work: (1) how social movements mobilize and shape public opinion and public policy, especially in the environment and civil rights; (2) social movement philanthropy; (3) models of international early warning and humanitarian response; and (4) the politics and impact of high tech industrial policies. Jenkins does public speaking on early warning models and high tech policies and has served on the advisory committee of the National Committee on Responsive Philanthropy.


Partisan Battles and Shifting Public Opinion on Climate Change

  • Robert J. Brulle

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Research discussed by Scott K. Johnson, in "Americans Listening to Politicians, Not Climate Scientists," Wired Science, February 27, 2012.


"Shifting Public Opinion on Climate Change: An Empirical Assessment of Factors Influencing Concern over Climate Change in the U.S., 2002-2010" (with Robert J. Brulle and Jason Carmichael). Climatic Change (forthcoming).

Traces the effects of cues from party elites on public concern about the threat of global climate change. Published 2 February 2012 in Climatic Change's Online First.

"Democratic Politics and the Long March on Global Warming." Sociological Quarterly 52, no. 2 (2011): 211-219.
Argues that a major political realignment comparable to the New Deal or the Great Society will be necessary before the U.S. addresses global climate change.
"Creating High Technology Growth: High-Tech Employment Growth in Metropolitan Areas, 1988-98" (with Kevin T. Leicht). Social Science Quarterly 89 (2008): 456-481.
Shows that federal, state and local high tech policies have contributed to high-tech job growth.
"Military Famine, Human Rights and Child Hunger" (with Stephen J. Scanlan and Lindsey Peterson). Journal of Conflict Resolution 51, no. 6 (2007): 823-847.
Shows that world hunger is due to bad governance, not food scarcity.
"Class Forces, Political Institutions and State Intervention: Subnational Economic Development Policy in the U.S., 1971-1990" (with Kevin T. Leicht). American Journal of Sociology 111, no. 4 (2006): 1122-1180.
Traces the role of local corporatism in the adoption of high tech industrial policies by state governments over the past three decades.
"Conflict Carrying Capacity, Political Crisis, and Reconstruction: A Framework for the Early Warning of Political System Vulnerability" (with Doug Bond). Journal of Conflict Resolution 45, no. 1 (2001): 3-31.
Advances a model for assessing the onset of political crises and political reconstruction.