Matthew C. Nisbet is Professor of Communication, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, editor-in-chief of the journal Environmental Communication, and a monthly columnist at Issues in Science and Technology magazine. He also writes regularly at Scientific and his Medium blog


Nisbet studies the process by which the public and decision-makers come to understand complex scientific and technological issues, analyzing the influence of ideas, culture, expertise, and journalism. He is the author or co-author of more than 80 peer-reviewed studies, scholarly book chapters, and reports, including the 2019 American Academy of Arts and Sciences report The Public Face of Science Across the World, the 2018 American Association for Advancement of Science report on Scientists in Civic Life: Facilitating Dialogue-Based Communication, and the 2017 US National Academies consensus study on consensus study on Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda. His 2018 edited volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication was a finalist for the PROSE award from the American Association of Publishers.


With his co-author Declan Fahy, he is completing a book with Harvard University Press to be published in 2021 that examines the influence of a special generation of public intellectuals who have helped define the major scientific and social issues of our time. By evaluating the careers of writers like Bill McKibben, Michael Pollan, Malcolm Gladwell, and Naomi Klein, the book explores the power of ideas and narratives to influence public opinion, inspire social movements, and alter political decisions.