Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Andrew Jorgenson is Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology, and 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 anthropogenic drivers of greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, industrial pollution and land cover change. His secondary area of research focuses on nations’ political-economic and environmental conditions that shape public health disparities, uneven development and income inequality. He has also conducted research on the global dimensions of environmental concern.
Much of his work is done in collaboration with his current and former graduate students, and his recent collaborative research on the facility-level and country-level factors that shape power plants’ carbon emissions was funded by the National Science Foundation. His published work appears in a variety of disciplinary and multidisciplinary journals, including American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Problems, Social Science Research, Sociological Forum, Sociological Quarterly, Nature Climate Change, Environmental Research Letters, Sustainability Science, Climatic Change, Ecological Economics, Global Environmental Politics, Energy Policy, Urban Studies, Population & Environment, and Society & Natural Resources.
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. He was the 2016-2017 chair of the Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association, and a member of the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change, which concluded in 2016. He currently serves as the 2017-2018 chair-elect of the Sociology of Development Section of the American Sociological Association, a Scholars Strategy Network affiliate and an at large officer for the Society for Human Ecology.
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.
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.
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