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Christopher Jones

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Asst Professor
SHPRS History Faculty
Faculty
Mail Code: 4302

Bio

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.

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 next project will study 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, particularly 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.

Courses

Fall 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 302 Studies in History
HST 306 Studies in US History

Summer 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 318 History of Engineering

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 306 Studies in US History

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 302 Studies in History
HST 306 Studies in US History

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

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

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

  3. Christopher F. Jones. Building More Just Energy Infrastructure: Lessons From the Past.. Science as Culture (2013).

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Presentations

  1. Christopher Jones Energy Technologies in Mind and Matter. Invited talk; Harvard University History of Science Department. (Dec 2014).
  2. Christopher F. Jones The Forgotten King: Coal, Energy, and History. Invited talk; Harvard University Energy History Project. (Nov 2014).
  3. Christopher F. Jones Routes of Power: the Politics of Energy Transitions in Modern America. Invited Talk; Brown University Carbon Nation Series. (Nov 2014).
  4. Christopher F. Jones Networking Nature's Caprices: Electrification on the Susquehanna River, 1900-1930. World Congress on Environmental History. (Jul 2014).
  5. Christopher F. Jones Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America. Invited talk; Google Book Series. (Jun 2014).
  6. Christopher F. Jones The Fuel at the Center of it All: New Perspectives on Coal in Industrial America. Organization of American Historians Conference. (Apr 2014).
  7. Christopher F. Jones Canals in Environmental History: Crossing Geographies and Disciplines. American Society for Environmental History Conference. (Mar 2014).
  8. Christopher F. Jones America's Early Energy Sacrifice Zones. American Society for Environmental History Conference. (Mar 2014).
  9. Christopher F. Jones Energy as Politics. Invited paper; University of Pennsylvania Economic History Forum. (Feb 2014).
  10. Christopher F. Jones Into the Real World: Historians and Public Policy. Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting. (Oct 2013).

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Service

  1. H-Environment Roundtable Reviews, Editor (2014 - 2018)
  2. SHPRS Speakers Committee, Member (2013 - 2016)
  3. Preparing Future Faculty, Member (2014 - 2015)
  4. SHPRS Search Committee: History of Capitalism, Search committee member (2014)
  5. Arizona Academic Decathlon, Guest Speaker (2014)
  6. Technology & Culture (journal), Article Review (2014)
  7. Adelson Senior Thesis Committee, Member (2014)
  8. OSHER Life-Long Learning Institute, Instructor (2014)
  9. Envirotech Interest Group (envirotechweb.org), Co-Convener (2011 - 2014)
  10. Environmental History (journal), Article Review (2014)
  11. Science and Technology Studies (journal), Article Review (2014)

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