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Associate Professor

Office: 1333 Grandview

Affiliated Departments

Center for Science & Technology Policy Research

Research Interests

Environmental governance, science and policy interactions, political economy and the environment.


Ph.D. 2006 University of California-Santa Cruz


Maxwell T. Boykoff is an Environmental Studies faculty member, and Fellow in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is also Adjunct Faculty in the Geography Department. In addition, Max is a Senior Visiting Research Associate in the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford.

Before joining the Center, Max was a Research Fellow in the Environmental Change Institute as well as a Department Lecturer in the School of Geography at the Oxford University Centre for the Environment. From 2006-2008, Max was a James Martin 21st Century Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

Max has ongoing interests in climate adaptation, cultural politics and environmental governance, science-policy interactions, and political economy and the environment. He has experience working in North America, Central America, South Asia and Europe.

He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies (with a parenthetical notation in Sociology) from the University of California-Santa Cruz (2006) and Bachelor of Sciences from The Ohio State University (1995).

Max's research has been mentioned in a range of outlets such as Science, Nature, the Guardian, the New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Grist, Utne Reader, La Rázon (Spain), China Meteorological Administration, and (US) National Public Radio. Max has also appeared on CNN International and France24 television.

Max was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin.

A Note for Prospective Graduate Students: If you are considering applying to the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado and would like to work with me, please send an email with these three attachments:

(1) A C.V.

(2) A statement describing your research interests

(3) A description of why you’d like to enroll in the Environmental Studies program and work in my research group

I prefer to discuss research interests with potential graduate students in person, by telephone or Skype/Oovoo before making decisions. So please contact me as soon as you decide that you would like to apply.