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Carol Silva

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science, The University of Oklahoma website wordmark
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Carol Silva, Ph.D.

Director Center for Risk and Crisis Management


Professor Carol Silva

Office: 2306 5 Partners Place



Research Fields: Environmental Politics, Science & Tech Policy, Contingent Valuation Methodology, Policy Analysis, Risk Analysis & Assessment, Gender & Risk Perception, Public Opinion and Survey Research Methodology

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B.A., University of New Mexico
M.A., Ph.D, University of Rochester

Curriculum Vitae

Carol L. Silva earned her PhD in political science and public policy from the University of Rochester (1998). She was previously employed by the University of New Mexico's Institute for Public Policy, the Department of Political Science and the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. She is the Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma, and serves as co-Director of the National Institute for Risk and Resilience. She is also Director of the Center for Risk and Crisis Management, and co-Director of the Center for Energy, Security and Society.

Dr. Silva's current research encompasses the intersection of a set of theoretical and methodological social science issues. She studies 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.