Matto Mildenberger

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

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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.


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

  • Peter D. Howe
  • Jennifer R. Marlon

In the News

"The Green Party Wave Could Spread Across Canada," Matto Mildenberger, The Conversation, April 25, 2019.
"The Tragedy of the Tragedy of the Commons," Matto Mildenberger, Scientific American, April 23, 2019.
Matto Mildenberger's research on climate communication discussed by Nicole Mortillaro, "The Psychology of Climate Change: Why People Deny the Evidence," CBC, December 2, 2018.
Matto Mildenberger quoted on building support for policy over time by Jim Logan, "A Climate of Cooperation" The Current, June 22, 2017.
James K. Boyce quoted on tax and cap climate policies by 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 by David Roberts, "8 Maps That Reveal Americans' Incoherent Opinions on Climate Change," Vox, June 2, 2015.
Matto Mildenberger's research on mapping public opinion on climate change discussed by Suzanne Jacobs, "Meet the United States of Divided Climate Beliefs," Grist, April 7, 2015.
Matto Mildenberger's research on mapping American attitudes towards global warming discussed by Andrew C. Revkin, "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 American attitudes towards global warming discussed by Michael Casey, "These States are Least Concerned about Global Warming," CBS News, April 6, 2015.


"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.
"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.
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.