Sociology Faculty Directory

Andrew Jorgenson

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.