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Dr. Feng Hao

Title: Assistant Professor
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Phone: 941-359-4219
Email: fenghao@usf.edu
Office: C242
Area of Interest: Environmental Sociology and Research Methods

Feng Hao (Ph.D., 2015, Washington State University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Florida. Feng has three major areas of research. One is to study public opinion and behavior about the environment. The other involves examining anthropogenic drivers of climate change and renewable energy deployment. Feng recently expanded focus to address the pandemic and understand American’s response to COVID–19. His research is quantitative, and he employ different statistical techniques such as multilevel regression, fixed-effects regression, and structural equation modeling to study various social-environmental-health topics. Findings demonstrate how factors at different levels can generate stark variations in environmental concern, how changes in anthropogenic factors over time can influence climate change and the landscape in renewable energy deployment, and how we can study the heterogeneity underlying public response to the pandemic that is shaped by numerous factors in either a direct or an indirect way.

Selected Publications

Hao, Feng, Wanyun Shao, and Weiwei Huang. 2021. “Understanding the Influence of Contextual Factors and Individual Social Capital on American Public Mask Wearing in Response to COVID–19.” Health & Place 68: 102537. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2021.102537

Hao, Feng, Wanyun Shao. 2021. “What Really Drives the Deployment of Renewable Energy? A Global Assessment of 118 Countries.” Energy Research & Social Science 72: 101880. doi:10.1016/j.erss.2020.101880.

Hao, Feng, Xinsheng Liu, and Jay L. Michaels. 2020. “Social Capital, Carbon Dependency, and Public Response to Climate Change in 22 European Countries.” Environmental Science & Policy 114: 64–72. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2020.07.028.

Hao, Feng and Bethany L. Van Brown. 2019. “An Analysis of Environmental and Economic Impacts of Fossil Fuel Production in the U.S. from 2001 to 2015.” Society & Natural Resources 32(6): 693–708. doi:10.1080/08941920.2019.1574044.

Hao, Feng, Guizhen He, and Michael Snipes. 2018. “A Comparative Study of the Economy’s Environmental Impact between States in the United States and Provinces in China.” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 8(2): 132–141. doi:10.1007/s13412-018-0474-9.