Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
My research interests include public understanding and communication of environmental issues, climate change, and science. My current work focuses on public understanding of the social structure of science and how that understanding relates to trust in scientific consensus for politically divisive scientific issues like climate change. I also study and test effective communication techniques for increasing public understanding of science and inspiring action on environmental issues.
I teach Introduction to Environmental Studies, Environmental Communication, and Climate Change Communication.
Areas of Expertise/Research Focus
Public understanding of climate change, public understanding of science, climate change communication, environmental communication, environmental attitudes and behaviors, environmental education
Eckerd College – Environmental Studies: St. Petersburg, FL
Fall 2017 – Present: Assistant Professor
Bucknell University – Production of Public Understanding of Science, Philosophy Department: Lewisburg, PA
Fall 2015 – Summer 2017: Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow
St. Joseph’s University – Environmental Science, Philadelphia, PA
Spring 2014 – Spring 2015: Adjunct Faculty
Drexel Univesity – Department of Sociology: Philadelphia, PA
Fall 2013 – Spring 2015: Visiting Research Professor
University of Delaware – College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment: Newark, DE
2009 – 2012: Research Assistant, Center for Carbon-Free Power
Huxster, Joanna K., Melissa Hopkins, Julia Bresticker, Matthew Slater, and Jason Leddington (2017) “Attempts to Prime Intellectual Virtues for Understanding of Science: Failures to Inspire Intellectual Effort” Philosophical Psychology. First Online: September 4, 2017
Huxster, Joanna K., Matthew Slater, Jason Leddington, Jeffrey Bergman, Mack Jones, Victor LoPiccolo, Caroline McGlynn, Nicolas Diaz, Nate Aspinall, Julia Bresticker, and Melissa Hopkins (Forthcoming in Public Understanding of Science) “Understanding ‘Understanding’ in Public Understanding of Science” Accepted: September 14, 2017
Carmichael, Jason, Robert Brulle, and Joanna Huxster (2017) “The great divide: understanding the role of media and other drivers of the partisan divide in public concern over climate change in the USA, 2001–2014” Climatic Change. 140. First Online: January 31, 2017
Forster, B.M., C. Arango Pinedo, J. Fingerut, C. Fritz, J. Huxster, C. Violin. (2016) “Integration of Graphing Activities in Non-Science Major Environmental Science and Nursing Microbiology Lab Courses.” Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education. 17(3): 501.
Huxster, Joanna K., Ximena Uribe-Zarain and Willett Kempton (2015) “Undergraduate Understanding of Climate Change: Influences of college major and environmental group membership on survey knowledge scores” The Journal of Environmental Education. 463(3): 149-165
Huxster, Joanna K., Jason Carmichael and Robert Brulle. (2014) “A macro political examination of the partisan and ideological divide in aggregate public concern over climate change in the U.S., 2001-2013” Environmental Management and Sustainable Development. 4(1):1-10
Banner photo at top: Cody Gartner ’17