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 collaborative research on the facility-level and country-level factors that shape power plants’ carbon emissions has received multiple waves of funding from 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, Sociological Science, Social Science Research, Sociological Forum, 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. He is currently working on a book with coauthors Don Grant and Wesley Longhofer, titled The Plant That Really Pollutes, scheduled to be published by Columbia University Press in 2019.
His research has received widespread media coverage, including coverage by NBC News, The Washington Post, Scientific American, NPR, Nature, Live Science, The Conversation, and The Society Pages. He was the 2016-2017 chair of the Environmental Sociology 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 2018-2019 chair 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 board for various disciplinary and multidisciplinary journals.
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Fitzgerald, Jared, Juliet Schor, and Andrew Jorgenson. 2018. “Working Hours and Carbon Dioxide Emissions in the United States, 2007-2013.” Social Forces 96:1851-1874.
Jorgenson, Andrew, Thomas Dietz, and Orla Kelly. 2018. “Inequality, Poverty, and the Carbon Intensity of Human Well-Being in the United States: A Sex-Specific Analysis.” Sustainability Science 13:1167-1174.
Grant, Don, Andrew Jorgenson, and Wesley Longhofer. 2018. “Pathways to Carbon Pollution: The Interactive Effects of Global, Political, and Organizational Factors on Power Plants’ CO 2 Emissions.” Sociological Science 5:58-92.
Hill, Terrance, and Andrew Jorgenson. 2018. “Bring Out Your Dead!: A Study of Income Inequality and Life Expectancy in the United States, 2000-2010.” Health & Place 49:1-6.
Huang, Xiaorui, and Andrew Jorgenson. 2018. “The Asymmetrical Effects of Economic Development on Consumption-Based and Production-Based Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 1990-2014.” Socius https://doi.org/10.1177/2378023118773626.
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.
Mahutga, Matthew, and Andrew Jorgenson. 2016. “Production Networks and Varieties of Institutional Change: The Inequality Upswing in Post-Socialism Revisited.” Social Forces 94:1711-1741.
Jorgenson, Andrew, Juliet Schor, Kyle Knight, and Xiaorui Huang. 2016. “Domestic Inequality and Carbon Emissions in Comparative Perspective.” Sociological Forum 31:770-786.
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.
2018 Co-PI, (with Don Grant [Co-PI] and Wesley Longhofer [Co-PI]), National Science Foundation Research Grant, “How Policy Affects Power Plants in an Age of Experimentalist Governance” (total award: 242,000 USD).
2018-2019 Chair, Sociology of Development Section, American Sociological Association (elected position)
2016-2017 Chair, Environmental Sociology Section, American Sociological Association (elected position)
2016 Distinguished Scholar, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, Annapolis, MD
2015 Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award, Environmental Sociology Section, American Sociological Association
2014 Co-PI, (with Don Grant [Co-PI] and Wesley Longhofer [Co-PI]), National Science Foundation Research Grant, “Structural Pathways to Carbon Pollution: The Conjoint Effects of Organizational, World-System, and World Society Factors on Power Plants' CO2 Emissions” (total award: 193,000 USD).