Professor, Department of Sociology
Andrew Jorgenson is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, Professor of Environmental Studies, and coordinates the Global Environmental Sociology Lab at Boston College. Working in the areas of environmental sociology, global political economy, the sociology of development, and sustainability science more broadly, he conducts research on the human dimensions of global and regional environmental change, with a focus on how development, inequality, and the structure of global production and trade networks contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, industrial pollution, land cover change, and relationships between environmental conditions and population health. In 2020, Andrew received the Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Environmental Sociology for his innovation, publication, and service in the field of environmental sociology. He was appointed by the US Global Change Research Program to serve as an author for the Fifth National Climate Assessment, which is scheduled for completion in 2023, and he is also a newly appointed member of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Andrew’s collaborative research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and his published research has received awards from the American Sociological Association, the Pacific Sociological Association, and the British Sociological Association. His published work appears in various disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals, including American Journal of Sociology, Nature Climate Change, Social Forces, Environmental Research Letters, Social Problems, Science of the Total Environment, Sociological Science, Sustainability Science, Sociological Theory, WIREs Climate Change, Ecological Economics, Energy Policy, Social Science Research, Climatic Change, Environmental Research, Global Environmental Politics, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Energy Research and Social Science. He is coauthor of Super Polluters: Tackling the World’s Largest Sites of Climate-Disrupting Emissions, published by Columbia University Press in 2020, and he has coedited multiple volumes, handbooks, and journal special issues.
Andrew was the 2016-2017 chair of the Environmental Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, the 2018-2019 chair of the Sociology of Development Section of the American Sociological Association, and he currently serves as an at large officer for the Society for Human Ecology. He is the founding coeditor of Sociology of Development, a journal published by University of California Press, and he serves on the editorial board for various journals.
***Underlined Coauthors Were Students at the Time of Publication
Jorgenson Andrew, Ryan Thombs, Brett Clark, Jennifer Givens, Terrence Hill, Xiaorui Huang, Orla Kelly, and Jared Fitzgerald. In Press. “Inequality Amplifies the Negative Association Between Life Expectancy and Air Pollution: A Cross-National Longitudinal Study.” Science of the Total Environment doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.143705
Grant, Don, Andrew Jorgenson, and Wesley Longhofer. 2020. Super Polluters: Tackling the World’s Largest Sites of Climate-Disrupting Emissions. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
Jorgenson, Andrew, Terrence Hill, Brett Clark, Ryan Thombs, Peter Ore, Kelly Balistreri, and Jennifer Givens. 2020. “Power, Proximity, and Physiology: Does Income Inequality and Racial Composition Amplify the Impacts of Air Pollution on Life Expectancy in the United States?" Environmental Research Letters 15:024013.
Fisher, Dana, and Andrew Jorgenson. 2019. “Ending the Stalemate: Toward a Theory of Anthro-Shift.” Sociological Theory 37:342-362.
Jorgenson, Andrew, Shirley Fiske, Klaus Hubacek, Jia Li, Tom McGovern, Torben Rick, Juliet Schor, William Solecki, Richard York, and Ariela Zycherman. 2019. “Social Science Perspectives on Drivers of and Responses to Global Climate Change.” WIREs Climate Change 10:e554.
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’ CO2 Emissions.” Sociological Science 5:58-92.
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.
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, 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.
2020 Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award, Section on Environmental Sociology, American Sociological Association.
2019 Second Place, 2017-2018 Climate Change Article Prize, Climate Change Study Group, British Sociological Association
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