Public Opinion & Nuclear Weapons
Reinventing Civil Defense
From 2017 - 2020, I was a Principal Investigator (PI), with Alex Wellerstein, on the Reinventing Civil Defense project. Funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the project sought to create and evaluate new media tools to more effectively communicate with younger generations of Americans about nuclear weapons risk. The project convened experts from academia, government, public policy, entertainment, journalism, and the arts. The works produced included video games, virtual reality, a short story, podcasts, a theatrical play, a graphic novel, an interactive website, a multi-dimensional art installation, and a poster contest.
Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons: Crossing the Threshold?
Is the public more willing to use low-yield nuclear weapons than the high-yield nuclear weapons traditionally designated for retaliation? Through survey experiments conducted in the United States and United Kingdom (January 2023), we investigate the conditions under which publics support the use of low-yield nuclear weapons in a Russia-NATO conflict. This research speaks to whether low-yield nuclear weapons are viewed as stabilizing or destabilizing among the public.
Nuclear Weapons Risk Communication: Evaluating the Impact of Message Exposure and Format
Understanding Americans’ Perceptions of Nuclear Weapons Risk and Subsequent Behavior
Bridging the Generational Divide on Nuclear Weapons: Assessing Understanding & Engagement with New Media Formats