Jennifer Hadden

Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs
111 Thayer Street, Room 319
Areas of Expertise Energy & Environment, Environmental Justice, Social Movements
Areas of Interest Politics of climate change, social movements, NGOs


Jennifer Hadden is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and at the Watson Institute for Public and International Affairs at Brown University. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University’s Department of Government and a B.A. with highest honors in Government from Smith College.

Dr. Hadden conducts research on the politics of climate change, with a focus on NGOs and social movements. Dr. Hadden's book -- titled Networks in Contention: The Divisive Politics of Global Climate Change -- was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. It received four book awards from the American Political Science Association and the International Political Science Association. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, a Fulbright Fellowship, and others. She has published articles in The British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Global Environmental Politics, International Studies Review, Review of International Political Economy, Policy Studies Journal, Environmental Politics, Global Governance, and Mobilization. She held an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations for the 2015-2016 academic year, supporting work on the Paris Climate Conference in the Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State.


Jennifer Hadden and Aseem Prakash. 2024. “The Value of Unrealistic Targets: Why Some Climate Activists are Unwilling to Abandon the 1.5 C Target.” npj Climate Action 3(29).

Jennifer Hadden and Aseem Prakash. 2023. “Introduction: What Scholars Know (and Need to Know) about the Politics of Climate Change.” PS: Political Science and Politics 57(1): 17-20.

Jessica Green, Jennifer Hadden, Thomas Hale, and Paasha Mahdavi. 2022. “Transition, Hedge, or Resist? Understanding Political and Economic Behavior Toward Decarbonization in the Oil and Gas Industry.” Review of International Political Economy 29(6): 2036-2063.

Sarah Bush and Jennifer Hadden. 2019. “Density and Decline in the Founding of International NGOs in the United States.” International Studies Quarterly 63(4): 1133-1146.

Jennifer Hadden and Lorien Jasny. 2019. “The Power of Peers: How Transnational Advocacy Networks Shape NGO Strategies on Climate Change.” British Journal of Political Science 49(2): 637-659.