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Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability- Social Sciences Division Seminar with Dr. Noah Zucker, “Industry and Identity in an Era of Climate Crisis."

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Please join us for a special seminar presented by Dr. Noah Zucker.


Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability

Social Sciences Seminar Series


Tuesday, December 5th, 2023 

Mitchell Building, Hartley Conference Room 140


Noah Zucker

Assistant Professor of International Relations at the

London School of Economics


                                                          Industry and Identity in an Era of Climate Crisis 


Industries with skewed gender makeups are uniquely vulnerable to decarbonization. We study how decline in disproportionately male industries, such as coal and steel, affects electoral outcomes. We theorize that an uneven loss of male jobs, and a shift in income from husbands to wives, can give rise to "nostalgic" coalitions of men and women that seek a return to patriarchal divisions of labor within households. Such attitudes fuel right-wing movements that pledge to protect carbon-intensive industries and traditional gender roles. This theory is supported with data on local labor markets and electoral outcomes in the United States over the last two decades, as well as a longitudinal study tracking individual Americans over four decades. This work offers a new gender-based account of climate politics and shows how within-household status concerns generate resistance to decarbonization.


The seminar will be in-person in the Hartley Conference Room in the Mitchell Building, Tuesday, December 5, 2023 @ 11:30 am-1:00 pm. There will not be a hybrid option, but the talk will be recorded for those in the Stanford community who cannot attend in person.