Edward Maibach PhD

Professor & Director of the Center for Climate Change Communication
George Mason University


Edward Maibach is a distinguished University Professor at George Mason University. In 2007, he joined Mason's faculty to create the Center for Climate Change Communication, a research and research translation center whose current operating budget is about $2.5M annually. Ed’s research – funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA and private foundations – focuses on public engagement in climate change. Ed also teaches a range of graduate courses including: climate change & sustainability communication; social marketing; and fundamentals of social science theory building.

Ed earned his baccalaureate in psychology from University of California at San Diego (1980), his MPH at San Diego State University (1983), and his PhD in communication science at Stanford University (1990).

He has previously served as Worldwide Director of Social Marketing at Porter Novelli (1995-2003), Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute (2003-2005), and Board Chair for Kidsave International (2005 to 2007). He has also served on the public health faculty at Emory University and George Washington University.

A little-known fact about Ed is that, in 1998, he was given exactly100 days to design the strategy for the federal government’s 5-year, $1 billion, youth anti-drug media campaign.


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