Carol L. Silva

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Director, Center for Risk and Crisis Management

201 Stephenson Parkway, Suite 2300
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Norman, OK
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My research interests encompass the intersection of a set of theoretical and methodological social science issues. I study social valuation generally, and more specifically the translation of values into public choice. The empirical underpinnings of the social valuation and risk perception research are grounded in applied survey research methodologies and public policy analysis. The specific topics of research interest include: risk perception, environmental politics and policy; science and technology policy; climate, weather and social science, contingent valuation methodology; policy analysis; cost benefit analysis; risk analysis and assessment.

Li, Hui, Robert Berrens, Hank Jenkins-Smith and Carol Silva. 2015. “US Household Support for Non-Fossil Fuel Based Energy R&D: Accounting for Uncertainty, News Media Coverage, and Possible Nuclear Poison-Pill Effects”. International Journal of Ecological Economics and Statistics 36(3): 1-25.
Ripberger, J., C. Silva, H Jenkins-Smith and M. James. 2015. “The Influence of Consequence–Based Messages on Public Responses to Tornado Warnings”. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 96(4): 577-590.
Ripberger, J. C. Silva, H. Jenkins-Smith, D. Carlson, M. James and K. Herron. 2015. “False Alarms and Missed Events: The Impact and Origins of Perceived Inaccuracy in Tornado Warning Systems.” Risk Analysis, 35(1): 44-56.
Kahan, Dan M. and Hank Jenkins-Smith, Tor Tarantola, Carol L Silva, and Donald Braman. 2015. “Geoengineering and Climate Change Polarization: Testing a Two-channel Model of Science Communication.” Annals of American Academy of Political & Social Sci. v. 658: 192-222.
Carlson, D., Ripberger, J., Jenkins-Smith, H., Silva, C., Gupta, K., Berrens, R., & Jones, B. A. 2016 (forthcoming). “Contingent valuation and the policymaking process: An application to used nuclear fuel in the United States”. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis.
Jones, B. A., Berrens, R. P., Jenkins-Smith, H. C., Silva, C. L., Carlson, D. E., Ripberger, J. T., Gupta, K., & Carlson, N. 2016. “Valuation in the Anthropocene: Exploring options for alternative operations of the Glen Canyon Dam.” Water Resources and Economics, 14: 13-30.
Ripberger, Joseph T., Hank C. Jenkins-Smith, Carol L. Silva, Deven E. Carlson, and Matthew Henderson. 2014. “Social Media and Severe Weather: Do ‘Tweets’ Provide a Valid Indicator of Public Attention to Tornadoes?” Weather, Climate, and Society. 6:4 (520-530)
Waterman, Richard, Carol Silva and Hank Jenkins-Smith. 2014. The Presidential Expectations Gap: Public Attitudes Concerning the Presidency. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, MI.
Jenkins-Smith, Hank, Carol Silva, Kerry Herron, Sarah Trousset, and Rob Rechard. 2012. “Enhancing Acceptability and Credibility of a Repository for the Management of Used Nuclear Fuel.” National Academy of Engineering: The Bridge 42(2): 49-58.
Goebbert, Kevin, Hank Jenkins-Smith, Kim Klockow, Matthew Nowlin, and Carol Silva. 2012. “Weather, Climate and Worldviews: The Sources and Consequences of Public Perceptions of Changes in Local Weather Patterns.” Weather, Climate and Society 4(2): 132-144.
Gawande, Kishore, G. Reinhardt, C. Silva, and D. Bearfield. 2012. "Comparing Discrete Distributions: Survey Validation and Survey Experiments," Political Analysis 21(1): 70-85.
Silva, Carol L., Hank Jenkins-Smith, and R. Barke. 2007. "From Experts? Beliefs to Safety Standards: Explaining Preferred Radiation Protection Standards in Polarized Technical Communities." Risk Analysis 27 (3): 755-773.
Moynihan, Donald P., and Carol Silva. 2008. "The Administrators of Democracy: A Research Note on Local Election Officials." Public Administration Review 68 (5): 816-827.
Jenkins-Smith, Hank C., Carol L. Silva, Matthew C. Nowlin, and Grant deLozier. 2011. "Reversing Nuclear Opposition: Evolving Public Acceptance of a Permanent Nuclear Waste Disposal Facility." Risk Analysis 31 (4): 629-644.

Substantive Focus:
Energy and Natural Resource Policy SECONDARY
Environmental Policy PRIMARY
Science and Technology Policy

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory SECONDARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY
Public Opinion