– ongoing projects –

Socio-ecological city project. Collaborative project collecting a wide array of longitudinal spatial data on the industrial, environmental, and social history of the Providence, RI area.


– peer reviewed articles –

Tollefson, J., Frickel, S. and Restrepo, MI. (2021) “Feature extraction and machine learning techniques for identifying historic urban environmental hazards.” PLoS ONE 16(8): e0255507.

  • Finalist: 2022 John Odland Award, American Association of Geographers Spatial Analysis and Modeling Group

Tollefson, J. and Panikkar, B. (2020) “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.

  • Awarded: 2021 Rural Sociological Society NRRIG Graduate Student Paper Award

Tollefson, J. (2020) “Post-Fukushima discourse in the US press: Quantified knowledge, the technical object, and a panicked public.” Public Understanding of Science 29(7): 670-687.

Panikkar, B. and Tollefson, J. (2018) “Land as material, knowledge and relationships: Resource extraction and subsistence imaginaries in Bristol Bay, Alaska.” Social Studies of Science 48(5): 715-739.


– working papers –

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.” R+R.

Tollefson, J. and Panikkar, B. “Land use policy and land imaginaries in Alaska: The historical roots of contemporary environmental conflicts.” Under review.

Frickel, S. and Tollefson, J. “Environmental inequality formation in the 19th century.” In preparation.

Tollefson, J.. “Suburban development and agricultural land conversion: New architectures of environmental health inequality.” In preparation.


– magazine and newspaper articles –

Tollefson, J. and Frickel, S. (2021) “Gasworks, lost and found.” Urban Omnibus.

Tollefson, J. and Urso, M. (2018) “Black Lives Matter at St. Patrick’s Day Parade.” Op-ed in the Providence Journal. April 2.