Karen Louise Akerlof

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Karen was a Research Assistant Professor in the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University before she began her fellowship. Her work focused on applying social science research and theory to problems in science and risk communication. Karen earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Science & Public Policy from George Mason University, with a dissertation titled “Risky Business: Engaging the public in policy discourse on sea-level rise and inundation”. During her time on Capitol Hill, Karen hopes to learn “how the national scientific research agenda is influenced by budgeting, formation of legislation, and federal agency oversight.” In turn, she hopes to use the fellowship as an opportunity “to bridge between the physical and social sciences in improving science funding and the use of science for policymaking.”