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Andrew Jorgenson

sociology department

Andrew Jorgenson


Ph.D., University of California, Riverside

McGuinn Hall 426
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-4130

Curriculum Vitae






Scholarly Interests

Environmental Sociology, Political Economy, Sustainability Science, Sociology of Development

Academic Profile

Andrew Jorgenson is Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology at Boston College. He is also Professor of Environmental Studies at Boston College. The primary area of his research is the human dimensions of global environmental change, with a particular focus on the political economy and human ecology of climate change and natural resource depletion. His secondary areas of research include the environmental and institutional conditions that shape public health disparities in developing nations, the political economy of development and inequality, and the global dimensions of environmental concern.

Much of Professor Jorgenson’s research is done in collaboration with his current and former graduate students and with colleagues around the world. His current research (with CO-PIs Don Grant at University of Colorado-Boulder and Wes Longhofer at Emory University) on the facility-level and country-level factors that shape power plants’ carbon emissions is funded by the National Science Foundation.

His research has received widespread media coverage, including coverage by NBC News, The Washington Post, Scientific American, NPR, Live Science, The Conversation, and The Society Pages. Professor Jorgenson is the 2016-2017 chair of the Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association, the 2017-2018 chair-elect of the Sociology of Development Section of the American Sociological Association, a member of the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change, a Scholars Strategy Network affiliate, and an at large officer for Society for Human Ecology. In early 2016 he was a Distinguished Scholar at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis, Maryland.

He is the founding co-editor of Sociology of Development, a journal published by University of California Press, and he serves on the editorial boards for various disciplinary and multidisciplinary journals.

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Recent Honors and Awards

2017 Chair-Elect, Sociology of Development Section, American Sociological Association

2016 Chair, Environment and Technology Section, American Sociological Association

2016 Distinguished Scholar, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, Annapolis, MD

2015 Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award, Environment and Technology Section, American Sociological Association

2014 Co-PI, (with Don Grant [Co-PI] and Wesley Longhofer [Co-PI]), National Science Foundation Research Grant (Sociology Program), “Structural Pathways to Carbon Pollution: The Conjoint Effects of Organizational, World-System, and World Society Factors on Power Plants' CO2 Emissions”

2013 Erasmus Mundus Fellowship, Vilnius University and European Union

Representative Publications from last 5 years

Student Co-Authors Underlined

Jorgenson, Andrew, Wesley Longhofer, Don Grant, Amanda Sie, and Vincentas Giedraitis. 2017. “The Effects of Economic and Political Integration on Power Plants’ Carbon Emissions in the Post-Soviet Transition Nations.” Environmental Research Letters 12:044009.

Longhofer, Wesley, and Andrew Jorgenson. 2017. “Decoupling Reconsidered: Does World Society Integration Influence the Relationship Between the Environment and Economic Development?” Social Science Research 65:17-29.

Jorgenson, Andrew, Juliet Schor, and Xiaorui Huang. 2017. “Income Inequality and Carbon Emissions in the United States: A State-Level Analysis, 1997-2012.” Ecological Economics 134: 40-48.

Jorgenson, Andrew, Wesley Longhofer, and Don Grant. 2016. “Disproportionality in Power Plants’ Carbon Emissions: A Cross-National Study.” Scientific Reports 6:28661.

Jorgenson, Andrew, Juliet Schor, Kyle Knight, and Xiaorui Huang. 2016. “Domestic Inequality and Carbon Emissions in Comparative Perspective.” Sociological Forum 31:770-786.

Mahutga, Matthew, and Andrew K. Jorgenson. 2016. “Production Networks and Varieties of Institutional Change: The Inequality Upswing in Post-Socialism Revisited.” Social Forces 94:1711-1741.

Grant, Don, Andrew Jorgenson, and Wesley Longhofer. 2016. “How Organizational and Global Factors Condition the Effects of Energy Efficiency on CO 2 Emission Rebounds among the World’s Power Plants.” Energy Policy 94:89-93.

Jorgenson, Andrew, and Brett Clark. 2016. “The Temporal Stability and Developmental Differences in the Environmental Impacts of Militarism: The Treadmill of Destruction and Consumption-Based Carbon Emissions.” Sustainability Science 11:505-514.

Jorgenson, Andrew. 2014. “Economic Development and the Carbon Intensity of Human Well-Being.” Nature Climate Change 4:186-189.

Jorgenson, Andrew, Daniel Auerbach, and Brett Clark. 2014. “The (De-) Carbonization of Urbanization, 1960-2010.” Climatic Change 127:561-575.

Givens, Jennifer, and Andrew Jorgenson. 2013. “Individual Environmental Concern in the World Polity.” Social Science Research 42:418-431.

Jorgenson, Andrew, and Brett Clark. 2012. “Are the Economy and the Environment Decoupling? A Comparative International Study, 1960-2005.” American Journal of Sociology 118:1-44.

Jorgenson, Andrew. 2012. “The Sociology of Ecologically Unequal Exchange and Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 1960-2005.” Social Science Research 41:242-252.