Maxwell Boykoff
Director, Department of Environmental Studies • Chair

Maxwell Boykoff is a Fellow in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is also a Senior Fellow at the University of Oxford Environmental Change Institute. His research and creative work focuses on cultural politics and environmental governance, creative climate communications, science-policy interactions, disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation. Through connected projects and collaborations, his research examines how climate science and policy find meaning in people’s everyday lives, as well as how this, in turn, feeds back into science and policy decision-making.

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

Among some accolades, Max received the Thomas Jefferson Faculty Award in 2020 was named a Aldo Leopold Leadership Program fellow in 2013 and a 'radical professor undermining democracy' by David Horowitz in 2009.