Katharine Hayhoe

College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Political Science

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research interests include climate change issues related to global modeling, regional climate impacts and science-policy interface. Her areas of expertise include:

  • numerical modeling of the earth-atmosphere system
  • regional assessments of climate change impacts across a range of sectors, including water resources, human health, agriculture and natural ecosystems

Professor Hayhoe has led regional climate change assessments for a broad range of sectors and regions, including the state of California, the U.S. Northeast, the city of Chicago and the Eastern Mediterranean. She served as expert reviewer for the Nobel Prize-winning United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Professor Hayhoe is also the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and many seminal reports, including the U.S. Global Change Research Program's 2009 report "Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States" and the National Academy of Science's 2010 report "Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts over Decades to Millennia."

She earned a Ph.D. and Master of Science in atmospheric sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed a Bachelor of Science in physics and astronomy at the University of Toronto.