Working papers

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Presentations and invited talks

Tollefson, J. and Frickel, S. (2021) “Urban environmental inequality in the 19th century and the toxic legacy of the manufactured gas industry: Unearthing early fossil fuel infrastructure in American cities.” Dellinger Symposium of the Superfund Research Program. Baton Rouge, LA. April 28.

  • First place poster award (tie).

Tollefson, J. (2021) “Urban environmental inequality and the toxic legacy of the manufactured gas industry: Unearthing 19th century fossil fuel infrastructure in American cities.” Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Online. March 17.

Tollefson, J. (2021) “New methods to identify historic urban hazards.” Invited lecture, ENVS 1247 (Brown University). Providence, RI. February 18.

Tollefson, J. (2020) “Urban environmental inequality in the 19th century.” Urban Theory and Data Lab (Harvard University). Cambridge, MA. October 29.

Tollefson, J. (2018) “Resource materiality and mining in Bristol Bay and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska.” American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. April 10-14.

Tollefson, J. (2017) “Knowledge, sovereignty, and resource extraction in rural Alaska: A case study of the Donlin Gold public comment process.” ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting. Quebec City, CA. December 11-15.

Tollefson, J. (2017) “Land use, power, and knowledge in the Northern resource frontier.” RSENR Graduate Research Symposium. Burlington, VT. October 13.

Tollefson, J, and Panikkar, B. (2017) “Land as material, habitat and survival: Resource materiality and mining in Bristol Bay and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska.” 4S: Society for the Social Studies of Science. Boston, MA. August 30 – September 2.

Tollefson, J. (2016) “Resource materiality and resistance to mineral development in Bristol Bay, Alaska.” Presentation to ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting. Winnipeg, CA. December 5-9.