Elisabeth Wilder

Elisabeth Wilder received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University and
her Master’s Degree in Sociology from Portland State University. Her thesis project, entitled “‘Game Over’ for the Climate: The Keystone XL Pipeline on TV News,” examined how leading media sources presented information about the Keystone XL pipeline proposal and found that television news stations exhibit biased coverage that encourages viewers to support pipeline construction for reasons of economic and national security rather than imagine alternatives that are more conducive to the health of the planet and its inhabitants. While working toward her PhD at Northeastern University, Elisabeth is interested in studying the social impacts of oil and gas development on communities using an environmental justice framework, activist challenges to the dominant narratives of resource extraction, and the co-creation of low cost tools that facilitate community monitoring of the oil and gas industry.