Lawrence Hamilton

Professor of Sociology, University of New Hampshire
Areas of Expertise:
  • Media & Public Opinion
  • Climate Change
  • Environment

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About Lawrence

Hamilton’s research includes surveying public perceptions about science and the environment, integrating social with natural science research, and society in the Arctic. He teaches advanced statistics, survey research methods, and society in the Arctic.




"Rural Environmental Concern: Effects of Position, Partisanship and Place" (with Thomas G. Safford, Forrest R. Stevens, and Joel Hartter). Rural Sociology 79, no. 2 (forthcoming): 257-281.
Argues that environmental concerns expressed by rural residents on surveys show place-to-place variations reflecting local conditions, and also broad patterns reflecting national divisions.
"Arctic Warming and Your Weather: Public Belief in the Connection" (with Mary Lemcke-Stampone). International Journal of Climatology 34 (2014): 1723–1728.
Argues that public acceptance that Arctic warming could affect weather where one lives is fairly high overall, but also partisan and influenced by today’s weather.
"A Four-Party View of U.S. Environmental Concern" (with Kei Saito). Environmental Politics 24, no. 2 (2014): 212-227.
Argues that across a range of different environmental and science questions on surveys, the views of non-Tea Party Republicans are closer to Independents than they are to Tea Party supporters.
"Polar Facts in the Age of Polarization" Polar Geography (2015).
Surveys of public knowledge about the north and south polar regions. Argues that some purely factual questions behave like political opinions, while others behave neutrally and provide a reality check for self-assessed “understanding” about climate change.
"Environmental Views from the Coast: Public Concern about Local to Global Marine Issues" (with Thomas G. Safford). Society and Natural Resources 28, no. 1 (2015): 57-74.
Argues that partisan differences mark coastal residents’ views of marine environmental problems, from local to global in scale.
"Methodological Approaches for Sociological Research on Climate Change" (with Sandra T. Marquart-Pyatt and Andrew K. Jorgenson), in Sociological Perspectives on Global Climate Change, edited by Riley E. Dunlap and Robert J. Brulle (Oxford University Press, 2015), 369-411.
Explores possibilities for bridging the separate realms of social and natural sciences to better understand the interplay between climate change and social beliefs about climate change.

In the News

Lawrence Hamilton's research on perceptions about climate change discussed in "UNH Research: Trump and Clinton Supporters Differ on Science," Fosters.com, October 11, 2016.
Guest to discuss public opinion on climate change on NPR All Things Considered: The Demographics of Disagreement on Climate Change, Lawrence Hamilton, April 15, 2013.
"Political Bias Meets Climate Bias: Overcoming Science Denial in a Politically Polarized World," Lawrence Hamilton, Interview with Minda Berbeco, National Center for Science Education, 2013.
"Polar Polling, Part Three," Lawrence Hamilton, Polar Hub, February 1, 2015.
Guest to discuss climate change denial on Minnesota Public Radio: The Psychology of Climate Change Denial, Lawrence Hamilton, April 16, 2015.