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Christopher Jones

Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Lincoln Center Affiliated Faculty
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Assoc Professor of History
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3251
Biography

Christopher Jones is an Assistant Professor of History in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies. He received his B.A. from Stanford University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania History & Sociology of Science Department. Before joining ASU, he held postdoctoral fellowships at the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the Ciriacy-Wantrup Fellowship at the University of California-Berkeley.

His first book, Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America (Harvard, 2014), analyzes the causes and consequences of America's first energy transitions. He is currently working on a book analyzing the relationships between natural resources and economic theories of growth over the past century and a half. 

Education

PhD, History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2009

MA, History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2005

BA, Philosophy, Stanford University, 2000

Research Interests

Prof. Jones is interested in the past, present, and future of energy systems. His research focuses on how human societies have come to use energy the ways they do, and the consequences of these choices for the ways people live, work, and play. His first book, Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America (to be published in March 2014 with Harvard University Press) examines America's first energy transitions: the rising use of coal, oil, and electricity in the mid-Atlantic region from 1820 to 1930. The book demonstrates that large infrastructures for transporting energy were essential for stimulating and sustaining new energy practices.

His current project studies the relationships between economic ideas and the natural world. He is particularly interested in exploring how economists have come to calculate economic growth with little regard for the depletion of planetary resources such as non-renewable stocks of energy. Given the profound influence of economics on determining what types of policies are considered feasible and desirable, this project seeks to better understand the epistemological assumptions that structure contemporary discussions on energy, climate change, and sustainability.

Publications

Books

Immaterial Growth: Energy and Economics in the American Century (manuscript in process)

Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2014).

  • Winner, 2015 Edelstein Prize from the Society for the History of Technology.

Articles

“Infrastructure and Democracy” with David Reinecke. Issues in Science and Technology 33 (2), Winter, 2017: 24-30. “Petromyopia: Oil and the Energy Humanities” Humanities 5 (2), June, 2016.

“Landscapes of Intensification: Transport and Energy in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic, 1820-1930” Journal of Transport History 35 (2), December, 2014: 236-41.

“History’s Contribution to Energy Research and Policy” with Richard F. Hirsh. Energy Research & Social Science 1 (1), March, 2014: 106-11.

“The British Shaping of America’s First Fossil Fuel Transition.” In “Energy (and) Colonialism, Energy (In)Dependence: Africa, Europe, Greenland, North America,” edited by Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga and Helmuth Trischler, RCC Perspectives 2014, no. 5, 27–34.

“Building More Just Energy Infrastructure: Lessons From the Past.” Science as Culture 22 (2), June, 2013: 157-63.

Christopher F. Jones Clark A. Miller Alastair Iles. The Social Dimensions of Energy Transitions. Science as Culture (2013).

Christopher F. Jones Shi-Loh Lin Kyoko Sato. Narrating Fukushima: Scales of a Nuclear Meltdown. East Asian Science, Technology, and Society (2013).

 “Learning from Fukushima” with Sebastian Pfotenhauer, Kris Saha, and Sheila Jasanoff. Issues in Science and Technology 28 (3), Spring, 2012: 79-84. 

“The Carbon-Consuming Home: Residential Markets and Energy Transitions.” Enterprise & Society 12 (4), December, 2011: 790-823. 

Honorable Mention, 2012 Oxford Journals Article Prize for the best article published in the journal Enterprise & Society in the previous year.

“A Landscape of Energy Abundance: Anthracite Coal Canals and the Roots of American Fossil Fuel Dependence, 1820-1860.” Environmental History 15 (3), July, 2010: 449-84.

Winner, 2011 Joel A. Tarr Envirotech Prize for the best article published in the previous eighteen months in the relationships between technology and environment in history.  

 

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 599Thesis
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 306Studies in US History
REL 700Research Methods
HST 700Research Methods
PHI 700Research Methods
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 302Studies in History
HST 306Studies in US History
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 318History of Engineering
HST 598Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 302Studies in History
HST 306Studies in US History
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 318History of Engineering
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 306Studies in US History
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 302Studies in History
HST 306Studies in US History
Honors / Awards

American Council for Learned Societies Fellowship (2018)

Arizona State Institute for Humanities Research Fellows Program (2017)

Edelstein Prize for Routes of Power; awarded to outstanding book published in last three years by the Society for the History of Technology (2015)

Joel A. Tarr Envirotech Article Prize for "A Landscape of Energy Abundance" (2011)

Editorships

Editor, H-Environment Roundtable Reviews

Service

Editor, H-Environment Roundtable Reviews (2014 - 2018)

Director of Graduate Studies, History (Fall 2016-Fall 2017)

Article reviews for Technology & CultureEnvironmental HistoryEnterprise & SocietyJournal of the Early American RepublicJournal of Policy HistoryScience & Technology StudiesEnergy Research & Social Science. 

Grant reviews for National Science Foundation and Philadelphia Area Consortium for the History of Science