Jon Nelson

Assistant Professor

Jon Nelson teaches sociology and environmental studies at RISD. His research interests focus on adaptation to climate change and sustainable development. His current project looks at local adaptations to flood risk, how they are influenced by federal policies and programs and their implications for inequality. More generally, he is interested in unequal ecological exchange, agriculture, the global economy and domestic political polarization. His work has been published in such journals as Scientific American. He is passionate about teaching and welcomes students to come and discuss their interests with him during office hours.

Academic areas of interest

Climate change adaptation, Environmental justice, Sustainable development

Fall 2022

  • HPSS-S262-01 Environmental History Of Rhode Island
  • HPSS-S264-01 Environmental Sociology For A Rapidly Warming World
  • IDISC-2403-01 NCSS Core Seminar
  • LAEL-2403-01 NCSS Core Seminar

Wintersession 2023

  • HPSS-W265-01 Mapping Unequal Exchange: The Ecological Underpinnings Of Global Inequalities
  • LDAR-8900-07 ISP Major

Spring 2023

  • HPSS-S101-07 Topics: History, Philosophy, & The Social Sciences
  • HPSS-S101-08 Topics: History, Philosophy, & The Social Sciences
  • HPSS-S198-01 Capitalism & The Environment: A Sociological Perspective