Lawrence C. Hamilton

Master in Public Policy Faculty
Senior Faculty Fellow
Phone: (603) 862-1859
Office: Sociology, McConnell Hall Rm 345D, Durham, NH 03824
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Lawrence Hamilton is Professor of Sociology and Senior Fellow in the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire, where he teaches courses about society in the Arctic, survey research, and statistical analysis. His books include Regression with Graphics and Statistics with Stata; the latter has been translated into Arabic and Chinese. Dr. Hamilton’s research focuses on human-environment interactions, in locations ranging from Arctic Alaska to northern New England or the Intermountain West. His most recent papers include “Cold winters warming? Perceptions of climate change in the North Country” (Weather, Climate, and Society 2018); “Demographic variation and change in the Inuit Arctic” (Environmental Research Letters. 2018); and “A change in the wind? U.S. public views on renewable energy and climate compared” (Energy, Sustainability and Society 2018).

Lawrence (Larry) Hamilton is Master in Public Policy faculty, a Carsey Senior Faculty Fellow and professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He has written about statistical methods in articles and books such as Modern Data Analysis (1990), Regression with Graphics (1992), and eight editions of Statistics with Stata (1990–2013), two of which were translated into Chinese. Currently his work involves statistical methods for integrating data from social and natural-science domains.

Integration across social and natural science has been a common theme in Larry's research on environment and social change. Since 1992, he has conducted interdisciplinary studies around the circumpolar North, supported by a series of grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation. Results from this work include case studies, technical analysis, and comparative overviews of resource-dependent communities in Alaska, Newfoundland, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Norway. He has been an active participant in many national and international working groups on the human dimensions of Arctic environmental change.

As a Carsey School fellow, Larry works on the design and analysis of surveys, such as the Community and Environment in Rural America (CERA) and Communities and Forests in Oregon (CAFOR) projects. More than 23,000 people, mostly in selected rural regions around the U.S., have been interviewed for these projects since 2007. The CERA and CAFOR surveys examine regional differences, effects from climate, and other patterns in how rural residents view their environments and communities. On New Hampshire’s statewide Granite State Poll, which interviews random samples of 500 people four times each year, Larry has been tracking public perceptions of science, the environment and climate. Combining his Arctic and survey interests, some recent studies explore what the general public knows and believes about polar regions. Informal notes about the polar surveys appear in “Polar Polling” on the Polar Hub website. Links to longer articles and more details about his research can be found on his personal home page.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of California - Santa Barbara

Research Interests

  • Arctic
  • Climate Change
  • Climate Change - Impacts
  • Demographic Change
  • Migration
  • Renewable Energy Sources
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Surveys & Survey Research

Courses Taught

  • SOC 444: Honors/Society in the Arctic
  • SOC 797: Spc Top/Adv Survey Research
  • SOC 901: Sociological Methods I
  • SOC 903: Sociological Methods III
  • SOC 995: Reading and Research

Selected Publications

Hamilton, L. C., Bell, E., Hartter, J., & Salerno, J. D. (2018). A change in the wind? US public views on renewable energy and climate compared. Energy, Sustainability and Society, 8(1). doi:10.1186/s13705-018-0152-5

Hamilton, L. C., Lemcke-Stampone, M., & Grimm, C. (2018). Cold winters warming? Perceptions of climate change in the North Country. Weather, Climate, and Society. doi:10.1175/WCAS-D-18-0020.1

Hamilton, L. (2018). Fierce climate, sacred ground: an ethnography of climate change in Shishmaref, Alaska. Polar Geography, 1-2. doi:10.1080/1088937X.2018.1480540

Bolin, J. L., & Hamilton, L. C. (2018). The News You Choose: news media preferences amplify views on climate change. Environmental Politics, 27(3), 455-476. doi:10.1080/09644016.2018.1423909

Hartter, J., Hamilton, L. C., Boag, A. E., Stevens, F. R., Ducey, M. J., Christoffersen, N. D., . . . Palace, M. W. (2018). Does it matter if people think climate change is human caused?. Climate Services, 10, 53-62. doi:10.1016/j.cliser.2017.06.014

Hamilton, L. C., & Stampone, M. D. (2013). Blowin’ in the Wind: Short-Term Weather and Belief in Anthropogenic Climate Change. Weather, Climate, and Society, 5(2), 112-119. doi:10.1175/WCAS-D-12-00048.1

Hamilton, L. C. (2011). Education, politics and opinions about climate change evidence for interaction effects. Climatic Change, 104(2), 231-242. doi:10.1007/s10584-010-9957-8

Hamilton, L. C., & Keim, B. D. (2009). Regional variation in perceptions about climate change. International Journal of Climatology, 29(15), 2348-2352. doi:10.1002/joc.1930

Overpeck, J. T., Sturm, M., Francis, J. A., Perovich, D. K., Serreze, M. C., Benner, R., . . . Vörösmarty, C. (2005). Arctic system on trajectory to new, seasonally ice-free state. Eos, 86(34), 309+312-309+313.

Hamilton, L. C. (1985). Concern about Toxic Wastes. Sociological Perspectives, 28(4), 463-486. doi:10.2307/1389229

Most Cited Publications