Gund Affiliate, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Deborah Lynn Guber is Associate Professor of Political Science at The University of Vermont. She received her A.B. from Smith College in 1990 and her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1996.

Guber’s research interests include U.S. national elections and electoral behavior, public opinion, and environmental politics. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Social Science Quarterly, American Behavioral Scientist, and the Journal of Policy History. Her book The Grassroots of a Green Revolution: Polling America on the Environment was published by The MIT Press in 2003.

Research and/or Creative Works

Guber’s current research focuses on the politics of climate change, and the impact of partisan polarization, in particular, in blocking effective action. In one recent paper, she and her colleagues use quantitative text analysis on a corpus of floor speeches published in the Congressional Record between 1996 and 2015 to explore the language used by Democratic and Republican party members. In another, she uses data drawn from Google Trends as an alternative to conventional measures of issue salience in polls to see whether internet search queries related to climate change increase in volume during (and after) extreme weather events—such as hurricanes, floods, heat waves, and droughts—and use those results to explore implications for climate policy and communication.


Gund Affiliate Deborah Guber

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

American government, public opinion, electoral behavior, environmental politics


  • PhD, Political Science, Yale University
  • MA, M.Phil., Yale University
  • AB, Government and Economics, Smith College


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