2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Recipient

Amy Erica Smith
Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Professor and Associate Professor of Political Science, Iowa State University

Amy Erica Smith is Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Professor and an associate professor of political science at Iowa State University. She is particularly interested in how ordinary people in both democratic and authoritarian countries understand and engage in politics, and how citizens and politicians interact. Dr. Smith’s Carnegie project will explore how faith shapes individual responses to climate change. Using Brazil and Kenya as case studies, Dr. Smith will show that contrary to popular belief, Christian and Muslim theology often promote environmental protection. She will explore how religious leaders and communities that adopt “environmentalist theologies” compatible with both science and faith have enormous potential to mobilize support for policies to address climate change.