Emily Diamond


Emily Diamond is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Marine Affairs.  Dr. Diamond received her ​​Ph.D. in Environmental Policy from Duke University in 2019, where she studied how communication and identities interact in shaping environmental attitudes, particularly on climate change. Prior to graduate school she also worked in strategic communication consulting and public relations. Dr. Diamond teaches courses in the Harrington School and the College of Environment and Life Sciences.


Environmental communication; science communication; ​public opinion; climate change; framing; environmental risk communication. ​​

As a researcher of environmental communication, Dr. Diamond focuses on how messaging influences environmental attitudes and behaviors, risk perceptions, and policy preferences. Uniting the disciplines of communication, political science, psychology, and environmental studies, Dr. Diamond’s research leverages interdisciplinary insights to theorize and test how we can more effectively communicate about important environmental issues. She is particularly interested in applied research – working with community groups, policymakers, and stakeholders to provide insights to navigate the environmental threats facing their communities. 


  • ​Ph.D., Environmental Policy, Duke University, 2019
  • B.S., International Affairs and Modern Languages, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010

Selected Publications

Diamond, Emily P. 2022. Conservative conservationists: reconciling conflicting identities to inform climate change policy preferences. Politics, Groups, and Identities, 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/21565503.2022.2124182

Diamond, Emily P. 2021. Understanding Rural Identities and Environmental Policy Attitudes in America. Perspectives on Politics, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1537592721002231

Diamond, Emily P. & Jack Zhou. 2021. Whose policy is it anyway? Public support for clean energy policy depends on the message and the messenger. Environmental Politics, 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2021.1969844

Diamond, Emily P. 2020. The Influence of Identity Salience on Framing Effectiveness: An Experiment. Political Psychology. 41(6), 1133–1150. https://doi.org/10.1111/pops.12669

Diamond, Emily P., Thomas Bernauer & Frederick W. Mayer. 2020. Does providing scientific information affect climate change and GMO policy preferences of the mass public? Insights from survey experiments in Germany and the United States. Environmental Politics, 29(7): 1199-1218. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2020.1740547

Pechar, Emily, Thomas Bernauer & Frederick W. Mayer. 2018. Beyond Political Ideology: The Impact of Attitudes towards Government and Corporations on Trust in Science. Science Communication, 40(3): 291-313 https://doi.org/10.1177/1075547018763970