Jonathan Tollefson - CV


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Box 1916, Brown University, Providence, RI
website: www.jonathantollefson.com
GitHub: www.github.com/TollefsonJ
email:
mobile phone: (401)-286-6110


Education

2024, expected
PhD, Sociology, Brown University
2018
M.S., Natural Resources, University of Vermont
2015
Sc.B., Social Analysis, and Research, Brown University

Peer reviewed publications

In preparation

Tollefson, J. and Panikkar, B.

From Juneau to Bristol Bay: Changing ideations of wealth, region-building, and knowledge in contemporary Alaska. Expected 2021.

In preparation

Frickel, S and Tollefson, J.

A Nineteenth Century Environmental Inequality Formation. Expected 2021.

In preparation

Tollefson, J.

Suburban development and agricultural land conversion: New architectures of environmental health inequality. Expected 2021.

R+R

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. R+R at PLOS One, expected 2021.

2020

Tollefson, J. and Panikkar, B.

Impact assessment, public engagement, and environmental knowledge production: Large mine permitting 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.

Magazine and newspaper articles

2021

Tollefson, J. and Frickel, S.

Gasworks, Lost and Found. Urban Omnibus. July 1.

2016

Tollefson, J. and Urso, M.

Black Lives Matter at St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Op-ed in the Providence Journal. April 2.

Awards and fellowships

Jan. - Dec. 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.

Jun. - Aug. 2021

Department of Sociology Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Award

Brown University.

Jun. 2021

Rural Sociological Society - NRRIG Graduate Student Paper Award

For Tollefson, J. and Panikkar, B., “Contested extractivism: Impact assessment, public engagement, and environmental knowledge production in Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.”

Apr. 2021

Dellinger Symposium Poster Award

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

Jun. - Aug. 2020

Department of Sociology Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Award

Brown University.

2016 - 2018

Governance of Large Mine Permitting

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

2017

Florence Tinker Matteossian Memorial Grant ($4,214)

Competitive grant to support graduate student research.

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)

Competitive grant to support undergraduate research.

Conference presentations and invited talks

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. April 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.” March 17.

2021

Invited lecture, ENVS 1247 (Brown University)

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

2020

Urban Theory and Data Lab (Harvard University)

“Urban environmental inequality in the 19th century.” Cambridge, MA. October 29.

2018

American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting

“Resource materiality and mining in Bristol Bay and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska.” New Orleans, LA. April 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. December 11-15.

2017

Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources Graduate Symposium

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

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. August 30 - September 2.

2016

ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting

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

Teaching

2020

Methods for Interdisciplinary Environmental Research (Brown University)

Teaching assistant.

2018

Human Ecology, Health, and Sustainability in the Circumpolar Arctic (University of Vermont)

Co-taught with Dr. Bindu Panikkar.

2017

Social Processes and the Environment (University of Vermont)

Teaching assistant.

2017

Environmental Policy and Activism (University of Vermont)

Teaching assistant.

2016

Race, Culture, and Natural Resources (University of Vermont)

Teaching assistant.

2015 - 2016

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

Administrator and teacher.

Successfully obtained biannual grants from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts to provide weekly instrument and music history instruction to Providence area high school students. Developed curriculum and managed grant applications.

2014 - 2015

Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (Providence, RI)

Visiting artist: Music instruction.

2014 - 2015

Breakthrough Providence (Providence, RI)

Volunteer teacher.

Additional research experience

2014 - 2016

Governance of 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.

Affiliations

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; Pacific Sociological Association; American Association of Geographers (2016-2018); Society for the Social Studies of Science (2016-2018).

Service

2020 - Present
Organizer: Environmental Sociology Workshop, Brown University.
Ongoing
Reviewed articles for Public Understanding of Science and Journal of Political Ecology.

Technical

I use a wide array of computational tools in my research, including statistical analysis in R and Stata; spatial analysis in R, ArcGIS, and QGIS; and Python-based automation, web scraping, and machine learning applications.


CV dated April 2021
Template adapted from Christophe-Marie Duquesne