Areas of Research: History of Environmental Sciences, Science Policy, Philosophy of Science, Science and Religion, STS, Technology and Society, Women and Gender Studies
Naomi Oreskes is Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences. She arrived at Harvard in 2013 after spending 15 years as Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Geosciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Professor Oreskes’s research focuses on the earth and environmental sciences, with a particular interest in understanding scientific consensus and dissent.
Her 2004 essay “The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change” (Science 306: 1686) has been widely cited, both in the United States and abroad, including in the Royal Society’s publication, “A Guide to Facts and Fictions about Climate Change," in the Academy-award winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, and in Ian McEwan’s novel, Solar. Her opinion pieces have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Times (London), Nature, Science, The New Statesman, Frankfurter Allgemeine and elsewhere. Her 2010 book, Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global warming, co-authored with Erik M. Conway, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Time Book Prize, and received the 2011 Watson-Davis Prize from the History of Science Society.
- Science and Technology in the Global Cold War, 2014 (MIT Press)
The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future, 2014 (Columbia University Press)
Collapse of Western Civilization Home Page
Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming, 2010. (New York: Bloomsbury Press.)
Merchants of Doubt Home Page
Merchants of Doubt at the 52nd New York Film Festival, October 8, 2014
Models in Environmental Regulatory Decision Making, Whipple, Chris et al. (fourteen additional authors), 2007. (Washington DC: National Academy of Sciences National Research Council, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology), 287 pp.
The Rejection of Continental Drift: Theory and Method in American Earth Science, 1999. (New York: Oxford University Press)
In the Media
Yes, ExxonMobil Misled the Public, LA Times, September 2017
What Exxon Mobil Didn't Say About Climate Change, The New York Times, August 2017
Assessing ExxonMobil's Climate Change Communications (177-2014), Environment Research Letters, August 2017
Scientists Dive Into the Political Fray, PBS Newshour, April 2017
How to Break the Climate Deadlock, Scientific American, November 2015
What Did Exxon Know?, On The Media, November 2015
The Pope and the Planet, The Open Mind, November 2015
Exxon's Climate Concealment, New York Times, October 2015
Naomi Oreskes, a Lightning Rod in a Changing Climate, New York Times, June 2015
A Chronicler of Warnings Denied, New York Times, October 2014
Merchants of Doubt, Documentary from Sony Pictures Classics, 2014
"Why We Should Trust Scientists," TED Talk, June 2014
The 2014 Vatican Environmental Summit:
Prof. Oreskes discusses her book, "The Collapse of Western Civilization..."
Naomi Oreskes - The Collapse of Western Civilization, Inquiring Minds Podcast
"A View From the Climate Change Future," National Public Radio via Boston's WBUR
Oreskes, Naomi, ed., with Homer E. Le Grand, 2001. Plate Tectonics: An Insider’s History of the Modern Theory of the Earth (Boulder: Westview Press), paperback edition February 2003.
Edited Journal Volumes
Oreskes, Naomi and James R. Fleming, eds. 2000. “Perspectives on Geophysics,” Special Issue of Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 31B, September 2000.