Assistant Director and Research Specialist II
Phone: (979) 845-6860
Carol Goldsmith's research interests include public policy related to new scientific and technological discoveries, the environment, and environmental health. In particular, she examines how trust in government and in science and scientists, risk and benefit perceptions, knowledge, and individuals’ backgrounds influence support or opposition to public policies and emergent technologies. Ms. Goldsmith has published research articles in peer-reviewed journals including Environment & Behavior, Health Security, and Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy.
Ms. Goldsmith has worked in both the private and public sectors. She was the Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager for an AlliedSignal facility. Prior to that, she was the environmental compliance team leader for a Raytheon (formerly Hughes Missile Systems Company) facility. She has taught sociology classes as an adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and been the program head and lead teacher for a resource program for students with learning challenges at a parochial junior high/high school. She has also provided employment and education support services for people receiving public assistance.
Ms. Goldsmith holds a Master of Public Affairs degree with a focus on environmental policy from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental management from Pomona College.