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Texas A&M University
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4350 TAMU College Station, Texas 77843-4350

Journal Articles


  • Bullock, Justin B. and Arnold Vedlitz. 2017. “Emphasis Framing and the Role of Perceived Knowledge: A Survey Experiment.” Review of Policy Research. DOI: 10.1111/ropr.12231
  • Mahafza, Zachary B., James W. Stoutenborough, and Arnold Vedlitz. 2017. “The Role of Proximity in Problem Identification: Risk of Water Scarcity in Texas.” Water Policy 19(1): 86–98. DOI: 10.2166/wp.2016.021


  • Hannibal, Bryce, Xinsheng Liu, and Arnold Vedlitz. 2016. “Personal Characteristics, Local Environmental Conditions, and Individual Environmental Concern: A Multilevel Analysis.” Environmental Sociology. DOI: 10.1080/23251042.2016.1197355
  • Liu, Xinsheng, Scott Robinson, and Arnold Vedlitz. 2016. “Public Problem Characterization, Policy Solution Generation, and Intra-Agenda Connectivity.” Policy Studies Journal. DOI: 10.1111/psj.12163
  • Liu, Xinsheng, James W. Stoutenborough, and Arnold Vedlitz. 2016. “Bureaucratic Expertise, Overconfidence, and Policy Choice.” Governance. DOI: 10.1111/gove.12257
  • Liu, Xinsheng and Ren Mu. 2016. “Public Environmental Concern in China: Determinants and Variations.” Global Environmental Change 37: 116–127. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.01.008
  • Stoutenborough, James W., Arnold Vedlitz, and Xin Xing. 2016. “Are All Risk Perceptions Created Equal? Comparing General Risk Assessments and Specific Risk Assessments Associated with Climate Change.” Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal 22(1): 50–70. DOI: 10.1080/10807039.2015.1054924
  • Shreck, Brian and Arnold Vedlitz. 2016. “The Public and Its Climate: Exploring the Relationship Between Public Discourse and Opinion on Global Warming.” Society & Natural Resources 29(5): 509–524. DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2015.1095380
  • Stoutenborough, James W., Scott E. Robinson, and Arnold Vedlitz. 2016. “Is ‘Fracking’ a New Dirty Word? The Influence of Word Choices on Public Views toward Natural Gas Attitudes.” Energy Research & Social Science 17: 52–58. DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2016.04.005.
  • Stoutenborough, James W. and Arnold Vedlitz. 2016. “The Role of Scientific Knowledge in the Public’s Perceptions of Energy Technology Risks.” Energy Policy 96: 206–216. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2016.05.031
  • Switzer, David and Arnold Vedlitz. 2016. “Green Colored Lenses: Worldviews and Motivated Reasoning in the Case of Local Water Scarcity.” Environment and Behavior. DOI: 10.1177/0013916516669391


  • Bromley-Trujillo, Rebecca, James W. Stoutenborough, and Arnold Vedlitz. 2015. “Scientific Advocacy, Environmental Interest Groups, and Climate Change: Are Climate Skeptic Portrayals of Climate Scientists as Biased Accurate?” Climatic Change 133(4): 607–619. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-015-1477-0.
  • Liu, Xinsheng, Arnold Vedlitz, James W. Stoutenborough, and Scott Robinson. 2015. “Scientists’ Views and Positions on Global Warming and Climate Change: A Content Analysis of Congressional Testimonies. Climatic Change 131(4): 487–503. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-015-1390-6.
  • Mumpower, Jeryl L., Xinsheng Liu and Arnold Vedlitz. 2015. “Predictors of the Perceived Risk of Climate Change and Preferred Resource Levels for Climate Change Management Programs.” Journal of Risk Research. DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2015.1043567
  • Stoutenborough, James W., Rebecca Bromley-Trujillo, and Arnold Vedlitz. 2015. “How to Win Friends and Influence People: Climate Scientists’ Perspectives on Their Relationship with and Influence on Government Officials.” Journal of Public Policy 35(2): 269–296. DOI: 10.1017/S0143814X15000112. http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0143814X15000112
  • Stoutenborough, James W., Liu Shi, and Arnold Vedlitz. 2015. “Probing Public Perceptions on Energy: Support for a Comparative, Deep-Probing Survey Design for Complex Issue Domains.” Energy 81(March): 406–415. DOI: 10.1016/j.energy.2014.12.053
  • Stoutenborough, James W., Arnold Vedlitz, and Xinsheng Liu. 2015. “The Influence of Specific Risk Perceptions on Public Policy Support: An Examination of Energy Policy,” in “The Politics of Science: Political Values and the Production, Communication, and Reception of Scientific Knowledge,” ed. Elizabeth Suhay and James N. Druckman, special issue, The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 658(1): 102–120. DOI: 10.1177/0002716214559004
  • Stoutenborough, James W., Kellee J. Kirkpatrick, M. Jeremy Field, and Arnold Vedlitz. 2015. “What Butterfly Effect: The Contextual Differences in Public Perceptions of the Health Risk Posed by Climate Change.” Climate 3(3): 668–688. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/cli3030668.
  • Stoutenborough, James W. and Arnold Vedlitz. 2015. “Knowledge, Information, and Views of Climate Change: An Examination of Coastal Stakeholders along the Gulf of Mexico.” Climate 3(4): 983–998. DOI: 10.3390/cli3040983.


  • Bromely-Trujillo, Rebecca, James W. Stoutenborough, Kellee J. Kirkpatrick, and Arnold Vedlitz. 2014. "Climate Scientists and Environmental Interest Groups: The Intersection of Expertise and Advocacy." Politics, Groups, and Identities 2(1): 120-134. DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2013.879726.
  • Brooks, Jeremy, Douglas R. Oxley, Arnold Vedlitz, Sammy Zahran, and Charles Lindsey. 2014. "Abnormal Daily Temperature and Concern about Climate Change Across the United States." Review of Policy Research 31(3): 199-217. DOI: 10.1111/ropr.12067.
  • Liu, Xinsheng, Arnold Vedlitz, and Liu Shi. 2014. “Examining the Determinants of Public Environmental Concern: Evidence from National Public Surveys.” Environmental Science & Policy 39(May): 77-94. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2014.02.006.
  • Oxely, Douglas R., Arnold Vedlitz, and B. Dan Wood. 2014. “The Effect of Persuasive Messages on Policy Problem Recognition.” Policy Studies Journal 42(2): 252–268.
  • Park, Hyung Sam, Xinsheng Liu, and Arnold Vedlitz. 2014. “Analyzing Climate Change Debates in the U.S. Congress: Party Control and Mobilizing Networks.” Risks, Hazards, and Crisis in Public Policy 5(3): 239–258. DOI: 10.1002/rhc3.12062
  • Stoutenborough, James W., Robert Nicholas Fette, Arnold Vedlitz, and Carol L. Goldsmith. 2014. “Understanding the Communication of Climate Change Risk: Climate Scientists’ Perspectives of Media Sources and Policy Makers.” Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy 5(4): 365–384. DOI: 10.1002/rhc3.12066.
  • Stoutenborough, James W. and Arnold Vedlitz. 2014. "Public Attitudes toward Water Management and Drought in the United States." Water Resources Management 28(3): 697–714. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11269-013-0509-7.
  • Stoutenborough, James W., Xinsheng Liu, and Arnold Vedlitz. 2014. “Trends in Public Attitudes Toward Climate Change: The Influence of the Economy and Climategate on Risk, Information, and Public Policy.” Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy 5(1):22–37.
  • Stoutenborough, James W. and Arnold Vedlitz. 2014. "The Effect of Perceived and Assessed Knowledge of Climate Change on Public Policy Concerns: A Empirical Comparison." Environmental Science & Policy 37(March): 23-33. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2013.08.002.
  • Stoutenborough, James W., Arnold Vedlitz, and Rebecca Bromley-Trujillo. 2014. “Public Support for Climate Change Policy: Consistency in the Influence of Values and Attitudes over Time and Across Specific Policy Alternatives.” Review of Policy Research 31(6): 555-583 DOI: 10.1111/ropr.12104


  • Bies, Angela, L. Deanna G. Lee, Charles Lindsey, James W. Stoutenborough, and Arnold Vedlitz. 2013. "Citizens, Nonprofits and Climate Change Policy." Nonprofit Policy Forum, 4(1): 5-28. DOI: 10.1515/npf-2012-0001.
  • Hinich, Melvin, Xinsheng Liu, Arnold Vedlitz, and Charles Lindsey. 2013. "Beyond the Left-Right Cleavage: Exploring American Political Choice Space." Journal of Theoretical Politics 25(1): 75–104.
  • Mumpower, Jeryl, Liu Shi, James W. Stoutenborough, and Arnold Vedlitz. 2013. "Psychometric and Demographic Predictors of the Perceived Risk of Terrorist Threats and the Willingness to Pay for Terrorism Risk Management Program." Risk Analysis. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/risa.12033/full
  • Park, Hyung and Arnold Vedlitz. 2013. “Climate Hazards and Risk Status: Explaining Climate Risk Assessment, Behavior, and Policy Support.” Sociological Spectrum 33(3): 219-239. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02732173.2013.732900
  • Stoutenborough, James W., Shelbi Sturgess, and Arnold Vedlitz. 2013. "Knowledge, Risk, and Policy Support: Public Perceptions of Nuclear Power." Energy Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.06.098
  • Robinson, Scott E., Xinsheng Liu, James Stoutenborough, and Arnold Vedlitz. 2013. “Explaining Popular Trust in the Department of Homeland Security,” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 23(3): 713-733. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jopart/mus025
  • Stoutenborough, James W. and Arnold Vedlitz. 2013. "Public Attitudes toward Water Management and Drought in Texas." Texas Water Journal, 4(2): 47-61. http://journals.tdl.org/twj/index.php/twj/article/view/6997


  • Brody, S., Grover, H., & Vedlitz, A. (2012). “Examining the Willingness of Americans to Alter Behavior to Mitigate Climate Change.” Climate Policy 12(1), 1-22.
  • Li, Quan, Matthew Fuhrmann, Bryan R. Early, and Arnold Vedlitz. 2012. "Preferences, Knowledge, and Citizen Assessments of the Terrorism Risks of Nuclear Power." Review of Policy Research 29(2): 207–227.
  • Tucker, Justin A., James W. Stoutenborough, and R. Matthew Beverlin. 2012. "Geographic Proximity in the Diffusion of Concealed Weapons Permit Laws." Politics & Policy 40(6): 1081–105.
  • Yang, Yi E., and Xinsheng Liu. 2012. "The ‘China Threat’ through the Lens of US Print Media: 1992–2006." Journal of Contemporary China 21(76): 695–711.


  • Kreibich, H., Seifert, I., Thieken, A. H., Lindquist, E., Wagner, K., and Merz, B.(2011). Recent changes in flood preparedness of private households and businesses in Germany. Regional Environmental Change, 11(1), 59-71.
  • Liu, X., Lindquist, E., & Vedlitz, A. (2011). “Explaining Media and Congressional Attention to Global Climate Change, 1969-2005: An Empirical Test of Agenda Setting Theory.” Political Research Quarterly, 64(2), 405-419. DOI 10.1177/1065912909346744
  • Robinson, Scott E., Liu, X., & Vedlitz, A. (2011). "Public Support for the Department of Homeland Security," Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 8(1), Article 21. http://www.bepress.com/jhsem/vol8/iss1/21
  • Smith, Kevin B., Doug Oxley, Matthew V. Hibbing, John R. Alford, and John R. Hibbing. 2011. "Disgust Sensitivity and the Neurophysiology of Left-Right Political Orientations." PLoS One 6(10).
  • Smith, Kevin B., Doug R. Oxley, Matthew V. Hibbing, John R. Alford, and John R. Hibbing. 2011. "Linking Genetics and Political Attitudes: Reconceptualizing Political Ideology." Political Psychology 32(3): 369-397.
  • Taylor, Timothy R. B., David N. Ford, Shari A. Yvon-Lewis, and Eric Lindquist. 2011. "Science, Engineering, and Technology in the Policy Process for Mitigating Natural–Societal Risk." System Dynamics Review 27(2): 173-194.



  • Brody, S. D., Zahran, S., Highfield, W. E., Bernhardt, S. P., & Vedlitz, A. (2009). Policy Learning for Flood Mitigation: A Longitudinal Assessment of the Community Rating System in Florida. Risk Analysis, 29(6), 912-929.
  • West, W. F., Lindquist, E., & Mosher-Howe, K. N. (2009). NOAA's Resurrection of Program Budgeting: Deja Vu All Over Again? Public Administration Review, 69(3), 435-447.


  • Brody, S., Zahran, S., Grover, H., & Vedlitz, A. (2008). A Spatial Analysis of Local Climate Change Policy in the United States: Risk, Stress, and Opportunity. Landscape and Urban Planning, 87(1), 33-41.
  • Brody, S. D., Zahran, S., Highfield, W. E., Grover, H., & Vedlitz, A. (2008). Identifying the impact of the built environment on flood damage in Texas. Disasters, 32(1), 1-18.
  • Brody, S. D., Zahran, S., Vedlitz, A., & Grover, H. (2008). Examining the relationship between physical vulnerability and public perceptions of global climate change. Environment and Behavior, 40(1), 72-95.
  • Kellstedt, P. M., Zahran, S., & Vedlitz, A. (2008). Personal Efficacy, the Information Environment, and Attitudes Toward Global Warming and Climate Change in the United States. Risk Analysis, 28(1), 113-126.
  • Liu, X., Vedlitz, A., & Alston, L. (2008). Regional news portrayals of global warming and climate change. Environmental Science & Policy, 11(5), 379-393.
  • Mack, W. R., Green, D., & Vedlitz, A. (2008). Innovation and Implementation in the Public Sector: An Examination of Public Entrepreneurship. Review of Policy Research, 25(3), 233-252.
  • Zahran, S., Brody, S. D., Peacock, W. G., Vedlitz, A., & Grover, H. (2008). Social vulnerability and the natural and built environment: a model of flood casualties in Texas. Disasters, 32(4), 537-560.
  • Zahran, S., Brody, S. D., Vedlitz, A., Grover, H., & Miller, C. (2008). Vulnerability and capacity: explaining local commitment to climate change policy in the United States. Environment and Planning: C Government and Policy, 26(3), 544-562.
  • Zahran, S., Brody, S. D., Vedlitz, A., Lacy, M. G., & Schelly, C. L. (2008). Greening local energy: Explaining the geographic distribution of household solar energy use in the United States. Journal of the American Planning Association, 74(4), 419-434.
  • Zahran, S., Grover, H., Brody, S. D., & Vedlitz, A. (2008). Risk, Stress, and Capacity: Explaining Metropolitan Commitment to Climate Protection. Urban Affairs Review, 43(4), 447-474.


  • Lubell, M., Zahran, S., & Vedlitz, A. (2007). Collective action and citizen responses to global warming. Political Behavior, 29(3), 391-413.
  • Vedlitz, A., & Zahran, S. (2007). Theories of Ethnic Social Distance: Comparative Empirical Tests for Three Distinct Ethnic Groups. Sociological Spectrum, 27(5), 585-603.
  • Wood, B. D., & Vedlitz, A. (2007). Issue Definition, Information Processing, and the Politics of Global Warming. American Journal of Political Science, 51(3), 552-568.
  • Zahran, S., Kim, E., Chen, X., & Lubell, M. (2007). Ecological Development and Global Climate Change: A Cross-National Study of Kyoto Protocol Ratification. Society & Natural Resources, 20(1), 37-55.


  • Hastings, D. W., Zahran, S., & Cable, S. (2006). Drowning in Inequalities: The Geography of Accidental Drowning and Submersion by Race. Journal of Black Studies, 36(6), 894-917.
  • Lindquist, E. (2006). Survival and Institutionalization of an Idea: The Rapid Rise of Intelligent Vehicle-Highway Systems. Review of Policy Research, 23(4), 887-902.
  • Lubell, M., Vedlitz, A., Zahran, S., & Alston, L. (2006). Collective Action, Environmental Activism, and Air Quality Policy. Political Research Quarterly, 59(1), 149-160.
  • Mintz, A., Redd, S. B., & Vedlitz, A. (2006). Can We Generalize from Student Experiments to the Real World in Political Science, Military Affairs, and International Relations? Journal of Conflict Resolution, 50(5), 757-776.
  • Zahran, S., Brody, S. D., Grover, H., & Vedlitz, A. (2006). Climate Change Vulnerability and Policy Support. Society and Natural Resources, 19(9), 771-789.


  • Brody, S. D., Highfield, W., & Peck, B. M. (2005). Exploring the Mosaic of Perceptions for Water Quality across Watersheds in San Antonio, Texas. Landscape and Urban Planning, 73(2-3), 200-214.


  • Brody, S. D., Highfield, W., & Alston, L. (2004). Does Location Matter? Measuring Environmental Perceptions of Creeks in Two San Antonio Watersheds. Environment and Behavior, 36(2), 229-250.
  • Brody, S. D., Peck, B. M., & Highfield, W. E. (2004). Examining Localized Patterns of Air Quality Perception in Texas: A Spatial and Statistical Analysis. Risk Analysis, 24(6), 1561-1574.
  • Neill, W. H., Brandes, T. S., Burke, B. J., Craig, S. R., Dimichele, L. V., Duchon, K., et al. (2004). Ecophys.Fish: A Simulation Model of Fish Growth in Time-Varying Environmental Regimes. Reviews in Fisheries Science, 12(4), 233.


  • Gray, B., & Putnam, L. L. (2003). Means to What End: Conflict Handling Frames. Environmental Practice, 5(3), 239-246.
  • Matlock, M. D., Kasprzak, K., & Osborn, G. S. (2003). Sediment Oxygen Demand in the Arroyo Colorado River. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 39(2), 267-275.
  • McIntosh, W. A., Alston, L. T., Booher, J. R., McCaughan, W., Segura, C. B., Sykes, D., et al. (2003). Time Spent with Patients and Charges to Patients for Specialty Consultations Using Telemedicine. Telemedicine Journal and e-Health, 9(4), 345-350.
  • Putnam, L. L., Burgess, G., & Royer, R. (2003). We Can't Go On Like This: Reframing Intractable Conflicts. Environmental Practice, 5(3), 247-255.
  • Woodward, R. T. (2003). Lessons about Effluent Trading From a Single Trade. Review of Agricultural Economics, 25(1), 235-245.


  • Chin, M. L., & Lindquist, E. (2002). Contours of Access in Federal Advisory Committees. Journal of Public Policy (Korea), 13(6), 101-126.
  • Grant, W. E., Peterson, T. R., & Peterson, M. J. (2002). Quantitative Modeling of Coupled Natural/human Systems: Simulation of Societal Constraints on Environmental Action Drawing on Luhmann's Social Theory. Ecological Modelling, 158(1-2), 143-165.
  • Kim, J. G., Dixon, J. B., Chusuei, C. C., & Deng, Y. (2002). Oxidation of Chromium(III) to (VI) by Manganese Oxides. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 66(1), 306-315.
  • Woodward, R. T., & Kaiser, R. A. (2002). Market Structures for U.S. Water Quality Trading. Review of Agricultural Economics, 24(2), 366-383.
  • Woodward, R. T., Kaiser, R. A., & Wicks, A.-M. B. (2002). The Structure and Practice of Water-Quality Trading Markets. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 38(4), 967-979.


  • Courtney, J. F. (2001). Decision Making and Knowledge Management in Inquiring Organizations: Toward a New Decision-Making Paradigm for DSS. Decision Support Systems, 31(1), 17-38.
  • Foster, C. A., & Matlock, M. D. (2001). History of the Clean Water Act. Water Resources Impact, 3(5), 26-30.
  • Guthery, F. S., Lusk, J. J., & Peterson, M. J. (2001). The Fall of the Null Hypotheses: Liabilities and Opportunities. Journal of Wildlife Management, 65(3), 379-384.
  • Matlock, M. D., Osborn, G. S., Hession, W. C., Storm, D. E., & Kenimer, A. L. (2001). Ecological Engineering: A Rationale for Standardized Curriculum and Professional Certification in the United States. Ecological Engineering, 17(4), 403-409.
  • Woodward, R. T., & Wui, Y.-S. (2001). The Economic Value of Wetland Services: A Meta-analysis. Ecological Economics, 37(2), 257-270.


  • Braud, L. M., Castell-Perez, M. E., & Matlock, M. D. (2000). Risk-Based Design of Aseptic Processing of Heterogeneous Food Products. Risk Analysis, 20(4), 405-412.
  • Woodward, R. T. (2000). Market-Based Solutions to Environmental Problems: Discussion. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 32(2), 259-266.

1999 and earlier

  • Hession, W. C., Storm, D. E., Haan, C. T., Burks, S. L., & Matlock, M. D. (1996). A Watershed-Level Ecological Risk Assessment Methodology. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 32(5), 1039-1054.
  • Kaiser, R. (1996). Texas Water Marketing in the Next Millenium: A Conceptual and Legal Analysis. Texas Tech Law Review, 27(1), 181.
  • Matlock, M. D., Matlock, M. E., Storm, D. E., Smolen, M. D., & Henley, W. J. (1998). Limiting Nutrient Determination in Lotic Ecosystems Using a Quantitative Nutrient Enrichment Periphytometer. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 34(5), 1141-1147.
  • Matlock, M. D., Storm, D. E., Smolen, M. D., & Matlock, M. E. (1999). Determining the Lotic Ecosystem Nutrient and Trophic Status of Three Streams in Eastern Oklahoma over Two Seasons. Journal of Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management, 2(2), 115-127.
  • Matlock, M. D., Storm, D. E., Smolen, M. D., Matlock, M. E., McFarland, A., & Hauck, L. (1999). Development and Application of a Lotic Ecosystem Trophic Status Index. Transactions of the ASAE, 42(3), 651-656.
  • Murawski, M. T., Kreuter, U., Matlock, M. D., & Conner, J. (In press). Overcoming water quality uncertainty in point-nonpoint source water pollutant trading. Journal of Ecological Economics.
  • Sykes, D., & McIntosh, W. A. (1999). Telemedicine, Hospital Viability, and Community Embeddedness: A Case Study. Journal of Health Care Management, 44(1), 59-71.


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