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Geoffrey Henderson's research springs from the question of how to make democracy work better in the context of large-scale environmental problems, primarily climate change. At Colby, Geoffrey is leading a research project to understand how Maine voters have formed their opinions on energy policy ballot initiatives like the 2021 vote on the CMP Corridor and Pine Tree Power in 2023.
More broadly, Geoffrey's work considers how civic organizations and social movements stimulate political participation and form coalitions, with a focus on the climate justice movement. He has studied efforts to engage people in small-dollar campaign finance and environmental activism, how environmental attitudes affect behavior, and how elected representatives learn their constituents’ opinions. His book projects examine state- and federal-level coalitions of environmental and labor groups advocating policies to address climate change.
After receiving his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Geoffrey was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Prior to academia, he worked as a climate policy researcher at the World Resources Institute. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Haverford College.