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 focus on the political-economic drivers of greenhouse gas emissions, industrial pollution and land cover change. He also conducts research on the political-economic and environmental conditions that shape population health outcomes, uneven development, income inequality and environmental concern. In 2020, he 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.
Committed to both disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, his published work appears in a variety of journals, including American Journal of Sociology, Nature Climate Change, Social Forces, Environmental Research Letters, Social Problems, Sociological Theory, Sustainability Science, Sociological Science, Climatic Change, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science Research, WIREs Climate Change, Sociological Forum, Ecological Economics, Conservation Biology, Global Environmental Politics, Energy Policy, Urban Studies, Population & Environment, Society & Natural Resources, Health & Place, and SSM Population Health. His published research has received awards from the American Sociological Association, the Pacific Sociological Association, and the British Sociological Association.
Much of his work is done in collaboration with his current and former graduate students, and his ongoing 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. Based on this NSF funded research, he recently coauthored a book with Don Grant and Wesley Longhofer titled Super Polluters: Tackling the World’s Largest Sites of Climate-Disrupting Emissions, scheduled to be published by Columbia University Press in 2020. He has also coedited five volumes, including The Sociology of Development Handbook (University of California Press), and the forthcoming International Handbook of Environmental Sociology (Springer).
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 Environmental Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, the 2018-2019 chair of the Sociology of Development 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 2015. He currently serves as an at large officer for the Society or Human Ecology, and he is a Scholars Strategy Network Affiliate. 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 interdisciplinary journals.
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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 doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab6789.
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 K. Jorgenson. 2016. “Production Networks and Varieties of Institutional Change: The Inequality Upswing in Post-Socialism Revisited.” Social Forces 94:1711-1741.
Jorgenson, Andrew K., Wesley Longhofer, and Don Grant. 2016. “Disproportionality in Power Plants’ Carbon Emissions: A Cross-National Study.” Scientific Reports 6:28661.
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