Mildenberger

Matto Mildenberger

Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
Areas of Expertise:
  • Media & Public Opinion
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Environment

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About Matto

Mildenberger's research focuses on climate policy inaction in the face of dramatic economic and social costs associated with the climate crisis. His current book project explores variation in the timing and content of carbon pricing policies across advanced economies, with particular attention to the role of carbon polluters in shaping climate policy outcomes. He also studies the dynamics of public climate opinions. Mildenberger directs the Climate Policy and Governance Project, within Yale’s Governance, Environment and Markets Lab. He is also affiliated with the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. Beginning in July 2015, Matto will be Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Briefs

What Do Americans Think about Climate Change at the State and Local Level?

  • Peter D. Howe
  • Jennifer R. Marlon

Podcast

Publications

Dependent America?: How Canada and Mexico Construct U.S. Power (with Stephen Clarkson) (University of Toronto Press, 2011).
Discusses North American policy interdependence, and the ways in which U.S. economic prosperity and physical security depend on both its Northern and Southern neighbor.
"Beyond the Information Campaign: Community-Based Energy Behavioral Change at the University of Toronto" (with Leah Stokes, Beth Savan, Brian Kolenda, and Dan Dolderman). Environmental Practice 15, no. 2 (2013): 147-155.
Suggests best practices for environmental behavior-change campaigns in large institutional settings.
"Geographic Variation in Opinion on Climate Change at State and Local Scales in the USA" (with Peter Howe, Jennifer Marlon, and Anthony Leiserowitz). Nature Climate Change (2015).
Presents the first estimates of climate and energy opinions at state and local scales in the United States, including public beliefs about climate change and climate policy preferences at the state, county, congressional district and municipality scales.

In the News

Matto Mildenberger quoted on building support for policy over time in Jim Logan, "A Climate of Cooperation" The Current, June 22, 2017.
Matto Mildenberger quoted on tax and cap climate policies in David Roberts, "The Political Hurdles Facing a Carbon Tax - and How to Overcome Them" Vox, April 26, 2016.
"Is Lagging on Climate Change a Political Liability?," Matto Mildenberger (with David M. Konisky), The Conversation, October 22, 2015.
Matto Mildenberger's research on nationwide opinion surveys on climate change discussed in David Roberts. Matto Mildenberger, "8 Maps That Reveal Americans' Incoherent Opinions on Climate Change," Vox, June 2, 2015.
Matto Mildenberger's research on mapping American attitudes towards global warming discussed in Michael Casey. Matto Mildenberger, "These States are Least Concerned about Global Warming," CBS News, April 6, 2015.
Matto Mildenberger's research on mapping American attitudes towards global warming discussed in Andrew C. Revkin. Matto Mildenberger, "No Red and Blue Divide When it Comes to Renewable Energy Innovation and CO2 Rules," New York Times, April 6, 2015.
Matto Mildenberger's research on mapping public opinion on climate change discussed in Suzanne Jacobs. Matto Mildenberger, "Meet the United States of Divided Climate Beliefs," Grist, April 7, 2015.