Skip to main content

Secondary navigation:

Andrew Jorgenson

sociology department

Andrew Jorgenson


Ph.D., University of California, Riverside

McGuinn Hall 406
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-1293

Curriculum Vitae*






Scholarly Interests

Environmental Sociology, Political Economy, Sustainability Science

Academic Profile

Andrew Jorgenson is Professor of Sociology and Professor of Environmental Studies at Boston College. The primary area of his research is the political economy and human ecology of global environmental change. His secondary areas of research include the environmental and institutional conditions that shape public health outcomes in developing nations, the political economy of development and inequality, and the globalization of environmental concern. Much of his research is done in collaboration with 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 plant carbon emissions is funded by the National Science Foundation.

He is the chair-elect of the Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association, a member of the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change, affiliated with the Scholars Strategy Network, an at large officer for Society for Human Ecology, and a council member for the Sociology of Development Section of the American Sociological Association. In early 2016 he will be a Distinguished Scholar-Lecturer at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis, Maryland.

Professor Jorgenson is the founding co-editor of Sociology of Development, a new journal published by University of California Press. He is a consulting editor for the American Journal of Sociology, he serves on the editorial boards for Sociological Forum, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Nature + CultureHuman Ecology Review, and Critical Sociology and he is a member of the foundation editorial board for Environmental Sociology.

Recent Honors and Awards

2016 Distinguished Scholar-Lecturer, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, Annapolis, MD
2015 Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award, Environment and Technology Section, American Sociological Association
2015 Chair-Elect, 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

Last 5 years; Student Co-Authors Underlined

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

Jorgenson, Andrew K., Juliet Schor, Kyle Knight, and Xiaorui Huang. Forthcoming. “Domestic Inequality and Carbon Emissions in Comparative Perspective.” Sociological Forum.

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

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

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

Jorgenson, Andrew K. and Brett Clark.  2011.  “Societies Consuming Nature: A Panel Study of the Ecological Footprints of Nations, 1960-2003.”  Social Science Research 40:226-244

* Please note: These files are Adobe Acrobat® (PDF) formatted files. To view them, you will need to download the free Adobe Acrobat file reader.