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David J. Hess

Professor of Sociology
James Thornton Fant Chair in Sustainability Studies

Director, Climate and Environmental Studies

David J. Hess is a professor in the Sociology Department at Vanderbilt University and Director of Climate and Environmental Studies. His research and teaching is on policy and societal dimensions of science, technology, health, and the environment. He has been a Fulbright scholar and the PI and Co-PI on grants from the National Science Foundation and other organizations. His research is on coalitions, social movements, scientific knowledge, and strategic action with respect to energy transitions and technological change. He has over 100 peer-reviewed journal publications and over a dozen books and edited volumes. Among his awards, he is the recipient of the Robert K. Merton Prize (American Sociological Association), the Diana Forsythe Prize (American Anthropological Association), the Star-Nelkin Prize (shared with coauthors, American Sociological Association), and the General Anthropology Division Prize for Exemplary Cross-Field Scholarship (American Anthropological Association).