Lawrence Hamilton

Carsey Author
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).


  • 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
  • Data Analysis
  • Demographic Change
  • Environmental sociology
  • Migration
  • Renewable Energy Sources
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Surveys & Survey Research

Courses Taught

  • SOC 444A: Honors/Society in the Arctic
  • SOC 797/897: Spc Top/Adv Survey Research
  • SOC 901: Sociological Methods I
  • SOC 903: Sociological Methods III

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, 10(4), 641-652. doi:10.1175/wcas-d-18-0020.1

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

Hamilton, L. C., Saito, K., Loring, P. A., Lammers, R. B., & Huntington, H. P. (2016). Climigration? Population and climate change in Arctic Alaska. Population and Environment, 38(2), 115-133. doi:10.1007/s11111-016-0259-6

Hamilton, L. C. (2016). Public Awareness of the Scientific Consensus on Climate. SAGE Open, 6(4), 215824401667629. doi:10.1177/2158244016676296

Hamilton, L. C., & Stroeve, J. (2016). 400 predictions: the SEARCH Sea Ice Outlook 2008–2015. Polar Geography, 39(4), 274-287. doi:10.1080/1088937x.2016.1234518

Hamilton, L. C., Wake, C. P., Hartter, J., Safford, T. G., & Puchlopek, A. J. (2016). Flood Realities, Perceptions and the Depth of Divisions on Climate. Sociology, 50(5), 913-933. doi:10.1177/0038038516648547

Hamilton, L. C., Hartter, J., Keim, B. D., Boag, A. E., Palace, M. W., Stevens, F. R., & Ducey, M. J. (2016). Wildfire, climate, and perceptions in Northeast Oregon. Regional Environmental Change, 16(6), 1819-1832. doi:10.1007/s10113-015-0914-y

Hamilton, L. C., Hartter, J., & Saito, K. (2015). Trust in Scientists on Climate Change and Vaccines. SAGE Open, 5(3), 215824401560275. doi:10.1177/2158244015602752

Hamilton, L. C., & Safford, T. G. (2015). Environmental Views from the Coast: Public Concern about Local to Global Marine Issues. Society & Natural Resources, 28(1), 57-74. doi:10.1080/08941920.2014.933926

Hamilton, L. C., Wirsing, J., & Saito, K. (n.d.). Demographic variation and change in the Inuit Arctic. Environmental Research Letters, 13(11), 115007. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aae7ef