Aaron McCright

Aaron   McCright
  • Professor and Chairperson
  • Department of Sociology
  • PhD, Washington State University, 2002
  • 317A Berkey Hall
  • 509 E. Circle Drive
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517-355-6640


Aaron M. Mcright


Aaron M. McCright is a Professor of Sociology in Lyman Briggs College, the Department of Sociology, and the Environmental Science and Policy Program at Michigan State University. His scholarly research agenda aims to enhance our sociological understanding of how scientific and technological developments, top-down and bottom-up political processes, and enduring social structures influence societal capacity for recognizing and dealing with environmental impacts and technological risks. Employing a range of methods and analytical techniques, Dr. McCright explains the structure, strategy, tactics, and impacts of the US-based climate change denial countermovement; analyzes theoretically relevant patterns and trends in citizens’ climate change views; develops and tests theoretical arguments about selected predictors of environmental decision-making more generally; and investigates key predictors of public views of science and scientists. Dr. McCright has published two books, has authored ten chapters in edited volumes, and has written three brief reports. He also has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in such scholarly journals as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; Nature Climate Change; Global Environmental Change; Climatic Change; Public Opinion Quarterly; Social Problems; Social Science Quarterly; Theory, Culture, and Society; The Sociological Quarterly; Journal of Risk Research; Organization and Environment; Environment and Behavior; Population and Environment; and Environmental Politics. Dr. McCright was named a 2007 Kavli Frontiers Fellow in the National Academy of Sciences, he served as a 2008-2009 Lilly Teaching Fellow at MSU, and he received the 2009 Teacher-Scholar Award and the 2009 Curricular Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award at MSU. In 2014, he received the Larry T. Reynolds Award for Outstanding Teaching of Sociology from the Michigan Sociological Association.


  • Lyman Briggs College
  • Environmental Science and Policy Program


McCright, Aaron M., Sandra T. Marquart-Pyatt, Rachael L. Shwom, Steven R. Brechin, and Summer Allen. 2016. “Ideology, Capitalism, and Climate: Explaining Public Views about Climate Change in the United States.” Energy Research and Social Science 21:180-189.

McCright, Aaron M. 2016. “Anti-Reflexivity and Climate Change Skepticism in the US General Public.” Human Ecology Review 22(2):77-107.

McCright, Aaron M., Meghan Charters, Katherine Dentzman, and Thomas Dietz. 2016. “Examining the Effectiveness of Climate Change Frames in the Face of a Denialist Counter-Frame.” Topics in Cognitive Science 8(1):76-97.

Allen, Summer, Aaron M. McCright, and Thomas Dietz. 2015. “Measuring Household Energy Efficiency Behaviors with Attention to Behavioral Plasticity.” Energy Research and Social Science 10:133-140.

Clements, John M., Aaron M. McCright, Thomas Dietz, and Sandy T. Marquart-Pyatt. 2015. “A Behavioral Measure of Environmental Decision-Making for Social Surveys.” Environmental Sociology 1(1):27-37.

Marquart-Pyatt, Sandra T., Aaron M. McCright, Thomas Dietz, and Riley E. Dunlap. 2014. “Political Orientation Eclipses Climate Extremes for Climate Change Perception.” Global Environmental Change 29:246-257.

McCright, Aaron M., Riley E. Dunlap, and Chenyang Xiao. 2014. “Predicting Perceived Winter Warming in the USA.” Nature Climate Change 4:1077-1081.