Aaron Sparks is a doctoral candidate in the Political Science Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His dissertation research seeks to understand the drivers of political participation, and environmental activism in particular. To answer this question, he uses theories and methods that originated in psychology and have recently been applied to political science research. The better we understand the motivations of behavior, the better groups will be able to organize supporters to address the severe problems facing society, such as climate change. He also studies public opinion and interest group strategies. His work has been featured in The Atlantic and The American Prospect. Aaron has experience teaching in American Politics, Research Methods, and Political Theory.