Jonathan Tollefson


Department of Sociology jonathan_tollefson@brown.edu

Brown University www.jonathantollefson.com

Providence, RI 02912


Education

2019-present
PhD, Sociology, Brown University
2016-2018
MS, Natural Resources, University of Vermont
2011-2015
ScB, Social Analysis and Research, Brown University

Peer reviewed publications

2022
Frickel, S., and Tollefson, J. When environmental inequality racialized: Historical evidence from Providence, Rhode Island. Socius 8:1-14.
2022
Tollefson, J., et al. Early childcare and education in a post-industrial landscape: Inequalities in exposure to active and relic manufacturing in metropolitan Providence, Rhode Island. Environmental Justice (forthcoming).
2021

Tollefson, J., Frickel, S, and Restrepo, M. Feature extraction and machine learning techniques for identifying historic urban environmental hazards: New methods to locate lost fossil fuel infrastructure in US cities. PLoS ONE 16(8): e0255507.

2020

Tollefson, J. and Panikkar, B. Contested extractivism: impact assessment, public engagement, and environmental knowledge production in Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Journal of Political Ecology 27(1): 1166-1188.

2020
Tollefson, J. Post-Fukushima discourse in the US press: Quantified knowledge, the technical object, and a panicked public. Public Understanding of Science 29(7): 670-687.
2018
Panikkar, B and Tollefson, J. Land as material, knowledge, and relationships: Resource extraction and subsistence imaginaries in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Social Studies of Science 48(5): 715-739.

Works in progress

R+R
Tollefson, J., Frickel, S., Gonsalves, S., and Marlow, T. Parks, people and pollution: A relational study of socioenvironmental succession. R+R at City and Community.
In preparation
Tollefson, J. and Panikkar, B. Land use policy and land imaginaries in Alaska: The historical roots of contemporary environmental conflicts.
In preparation
Tollefson, J. Suburban development and agricultural land conversion: New architectures of environmental health inequality.

Public sociology

2021
Tollefson, J. and Frickel, S. Gasworks, Lost and Found. Urban Omnibus. July 1. Available at: https://urbanomnibus.net/2021/07/gasworks-lost-and-found/
2016
Tollefson, J. and Urso, M. Black Lives Matter at St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Op-ed in the Providence Journal. April 2.

Awards

2022

Finalist: John Odland Award

Spatial Analysis and Modeling Group, American Association of Geographers.

2021

Dellinger Symposium Poster Award

First-place poster award for graduate research (tie). Presented at the Dellinger Symposium of the Superfund Research Program (Louisiana State University).

2021

Graduate Student Paper Award

Natural Resources Research Interest Group, Rural Sociological Society.

Grants, fellowships, and scholarships

2022
Finalist: Raskin Scholarship ($5,000), Earth Science Information Partners
2022
Graduate Travel Grant, Brown University
2022
GSC Conference Travel Grant, Brown University
2021

National Institute for Environmental Health Science Superfund Research Program

Graduate student trainee, full academic funding. Supported by the Superfund Research Program of the NIEHS, grant P42ES013660.

2021
Department of Sociology Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Award ($2,000)
2021
Dellinger Symposium Graduate Travel Award
2021
Graduate Travel Grant, Brown University
2020
Department of Sociology Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Award ($2,000)
2019 - 2020
Graduate Fellowship, Brown University. Full academic funding.
2016 - 2018

Governance of Large Mine Permitting

Graduate student research position, full academic funding for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years. Supported by National Science Foundation award #1642226.

2017
Florence Tinker Matteossian Memorial Grant ($4,214)
2017
Graduate Student Senate Mini-Grant, University of Vermont
2017
Rubenstein Graduate Student Association Mini-Grant, University of Vermont
2013
Karen T. Romer Undergrad. Teaching and Research Award ($3,000)

Workshops and panels organized

2020 - Present

Environmental Sociology Workshop, Brown University

Brown University’s Environmental Sociology Workshop brings together graduate students and faculty to discuss ongoing sociological research on environmental topics.

Conference presentations

2022

American Sociological Association

“Brownfields and green spaces: Neighborhood change and urban park access in a post-industrial city.” Los Angeles, CA. Aug. 6.

2022

American Sociological Association

Frickel, S., and Tollefson, J. “When environmental inequality racialized: Evidence from a historical case study.” Los Angeles, CA. Aug. 6.

2022

Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting

“Agricultural land conversion and new geographies of suburban environmental risk.” Sacramento, CA. Apr. 9.

2022

Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting

“Gastown: Fossil fuels and the changing nature of urban environmental inequality at the turn of the 20th century.” Boston, MA. Mar. 13.

2022

American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting

“New methods to locate historic fossil fuel infrastructures: How computational techniques can illuminate 19th century urban environmental hazards.” New York, NY and online. Feb. 25.

2021

Dellinger Symposium of the Superfund Research Program, Louisiana State University

“Urban environmental inequality in the 19th century and the toxic legacy of the manufactured gas industry: Unearthing early fossil fuel infrastructure in American cities.” Baton Rouge, LA. Apr. 28.

2021

Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting

“Urban environmental inequality and the toxic legacy of the manufactured gas industry: Unearthing 19th century fossil fuel infrastructure in American cities.” Online. Mar. 17.

2018

American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting

“Resource materiality and mining in Bristol Bay and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska.” New Orleans, LA. Apr. 10-14.

2017

ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting

“Knowledge, sovereignty, and resource extraction in rural Alaska: A case study of the Donlin Gold public comment process.” Quebec City, QC. Dec. 11-15.

2017

Society for the Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting

“Land as material, habitat and survival: Resource materiality and mining in Bristol Bay and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska.” Boston, MA. Aug. 30 - Sept. 2.

2016

ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting

“Resource materiality and resistance to mineral development in Bristol Bay, Alaska.” Winnipeg, MB. Dec. 5-9.

Invited talks

2022

Invited lecture, ENVS 1247 (Brown University)

“Historical environmental inequality and long-term segregation trajectories in US cities.” Providence, RI. Oct. 6.

2022

Computational Environmental STS Working Group (Laboratoire Iterdisciplinaire Sciences Innovations Sociétés)

“Energy geography and urban inequality: Computational techniques for historical research.” Paris, France. Jul. 10-13.

2021

Invited lecture, ENVS 1247 (Brown University)

“New methods to identify historic urban hazards.” Providence, RI. Feb. 18.

2020

Urban Theory and Data Lab (Harvard University)

“Manufactured gas and historic environmental inequality.” Cambridge, MA. Oct. 29.

2017

Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources Graduate Symposium

“Land use, power, and knowledge in the Northern resource frontier.” Burlington, VT. Oct. 13.

Teaching

2019 - present

Brown University

Teaching Assistant: Organizations and Society

Teaching Assistant: Methods for Interdisciplinary Environmental Research

2022

I.E. Business School and Brown University

Teaching Assistant: Society and Culture in the Age of Globalization

2016 - 2018

University of Vermont

Co-taught with Dr. Bindu Panikkar: Human Ecology, Health, and Sustainability in the Circumpolar Arctic

Teaching Assistant: Social Processes and the Environment

Teaching Assistant: Environmental Policy and Activism

Teaching Assistant: Race, Culture, and Natural Resources

2015 - 2016

Extraordinary Youth Ensemble (Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, Providence, RI)

Administrator and teacher.

2014 - 2015

Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (Providence, RI)

Visiting artist: Music instruction.

2014 - 2015

Breakthrough Providence (Providence, RI)

Lead teacher, “Demonstration and Organization” session, original syllabus. Weekly after-school seminar with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

Additional research experience

2014 - 2016

Science and Technology in Large Mine Permitting

Research assistant (20hr/wk). PI: Dr. Bindu Panikkar (University of Vermont). Transcribed and coded interviews. Drafted and prepared work for publication.

Service

Ongoing
Reviewed articles for Public Understanding of Science and Journal of Political Ecology, among others.
2021 - present
Brown University Graduate Student Council, Department of Sociology representative.
2022
Evaluated submissions for Rural Sociological Society NRRIG paper award.

Affiliations and professional memberships

2020 - present
Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (Brown University).
2017 - 2018
Gund Institute for Environment (University of Vermont).

Also a member of the American Sociological Society; Rural Sociological Society; American Association of Geographers; Pacific Sociological Association; and Eastern Sociological Society.

Technical

I use a wide array of computational tools in my research and teaching, including statistical analysis in R, Stata, and SPSS; spatial analysis in R, ArcGIS, and QGIS; automation, web scraping, text analysis, and machine learning applications in Python and R; and qualitative analysis in NVivo and HyperResearch.


CV dated November 2022
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