Geoffrey Supran

Geoffrey Supran

Research Fellow in the History of Science
Geoffrey Supran

Geoffrey Supran is a Research Associate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. Working alongside Professor Naomi Oreskes, he investigates the history of global warming politics; particularly the climate communications, denial, and delay tactics of fossil fuel interests. Geoffrey is also a Postdoctoral Affiliate with Professor Jessika Trancik at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Geoffrey was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Naomi Oreskes at Harvard, before which he received his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering at MIT. He was also awarded the MIT Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology and Policy. Geoffrey grew up in the UK, and as an undergraduate obtained a First Class Honours degree in Natural Sciences (physics) from Trinity College, University of Cambridge.

Geoffrey’s research and organizing have been covered by most major news outlets. He is also a frequent contributor and commentator in international media, such as PBS Newshour, The New York Times, The LA Times, The Financial Times, and The Guardian.

Geoffrey’s academic publications include the first ever peer-reviewed analysis of ExxonMobil’s 40-year history of climate change communications, which demonstrated that the company has misled the public. It was the seventh most talked-about climate change article of 2017, with global news coverage reaching a potential audience of half a billion people, and it was cited by Anderson Cooper during CNN's 2019 U.S. Democratic presidential Climate Town Hall. Geoffrey has briefed U.S. Senators and Governors, testified as an expert witness to European (EU) Parliament and the Philippines Commission on Human Rights, and co-authored several amicus briefs in support of climate litigation.

During his PhD at MIT, Geoffrey’s research included assessing the costs and carbon intensities of the 125 most popular cars in America, and engineering next-generation LEDs and solar cells using nanomaterials called quantum-dots. Geoffrey’s review of quantum-dot LEDs in Nature Photonics is the most highly cited in its field.

From 2012-16, Geoffrey co-led the fossil fuel divestment campaign at MIT, which precipitated the Institute’s first climate action plan. In 2016, Geoffrey helped organize the first major scientist protests against the Trump administration.

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