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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

Associate Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
Arizona State University
PO Box 874302
Tempe, AZ 85287-4302


  • Senior Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Associate Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Christopher Jones is an associate professor of history in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies. He received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and his master's and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania History and 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 provisitionally titled The Invention of Infinite Growth (under contract with Chicago University Press) that explores how economists have come to calculate ever-increasing growth without accounting for the natural world.

He is committed to public outreach and has published in The New Republic, Aeon, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, and Zocalo Public Square.


  • PhD, History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • MA, History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2005
  • BA, Philosophy (Science Technology and Society Studies minor), Stanford University, 2000


Journal Articles


O'Gorman, E., T. van Dooren, U. Munster, J. Adamson, C. Mauch, S. Sorlin, M. Armeiro, K. Lindstrom, D. Houston, J. A. Padua, K. Rigby, O. Jones, J. Motion, S. Muecke, C. Chang, S. Lu, C. F. Jones, L. Green, F. Matose, H. Twidle, M. Schneider-Mayerson, B. Wiggin and D. Jergensen. 2019. Teaching the environmental humanities: International perspectives and practices. Environmental Humanities 11(2):427-460. DOI: 10.1215/22011919-7754545. (link )


Jones, C. F. 2016. Petromyopia: Oil and the energy humanities. Humanities 5(2):30. DOI: 10.3390/h5020036. (link )


Hirsh, R. F. and C. F. Jones. 2014. History's contributions to energy research and policy. Energy Research & Social Science 1(Mar):106-111. DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2014.02.010. (link )

Jones, C. 2014. Landscapes of intensification: Transport and energy in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic, 1820-1930. The Journal of Transport History 35(2):236-241. DOI: 10.7227/TJTH.35.2.8. (link )

Jones, C. 2014. The British shaping of America's first fossil fuel transition. RCC Perspectives 2014(5):27-34. (link )


Jones, C. F. 2013. Building more just energy infrastructure: Lessons from the past. Science as Culture 22(2):157-163. DOI: 10.1080/09505431.2013.786991. (link )

Jones, C. F., S. Loh and K. Sato. 2013. Narrating Fukushima: Scales of a nuclear meltdown. East Asian Science, Technology, and Society: An International Journal (7):4. DOI: 10.1215/18752160-2392860 . (link )

Miller, C. A., A. Iles and C. F. Jones. 2013. The social dimensions of energy transitions. Science as Culture 22(2):135-148. DOI: 10.1080/09505431.2013.786989. (link )


Pfotenhauer, S., C. F. Jones, K. Saha and S. Jasanoff. 2012. Learning from Fukushima. Issues in Science and Technology 28(3):79-84. (link )


Jones, C. 2011. The carbon-consuming home: Residential markets and energy transitions. Enterprise & Society 12(4):790-823. DOI: 10.1093/es/khr031. (link )


Jones, C. F. 2010. A landscape of energy abundance: Anthracite coal canals and the roots of American fossil fuel dependence, 1820-1860. Environmental History 15(3):449-484. DOI: 10.1093/envhis/emq057. (link )



Jones, C. F. 2014. Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America. Harvard University Press. ISBN: 9780674728899.

ACLS Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies, 2017