Faculty Member

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  • Jesse Rodenbiker (on leave AY2023)
  • Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Office: Lucy Stone Hall Room B-244
  • Phone: 848-445-4355
  • Email: jesse.rodenbiker@rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: environmental governance, urban geography, political ecology, sustainability, conservation, East Asia, China
  • Degrees: (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)
  • Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

Curriculum Vitae

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I am a human-environment geographer and interdisciplinary social scientist. My work focuses on environmental governance, urbanization, sustainable development, and social inequality in China and globally. My published works intersect with environmental science, policy, and planning, urban geography, and political ecology. Support for my research has come from the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Chiang-Ching Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, and other institutions. I am the author of Ecological States: Politics of Science and Nature in Urbanizing China (2023, Cornell University Press).

Before joining Rutgers, I held a Cornell Atkinson Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Sustainability with the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at Cornell University. I obtained my Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley where I was affiliated with the Center for Chinese Studies, Global Metropolitan Studies, and Left Coast Political Ecology. At Rutgers, I teach courses on Cities, Conservation, East Asia, and Environment, Society, and Justice.

I am on leave during the 2022-2023 academic year as an Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University with the Center on Contemporary China at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, a fellow at the American Council of Learned Societies, and a China Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Selected Publications:

Rodenbiker, J. (2022). Social Justice in China's Cities: Urban-Rural Restructuring and Justice-Oriented PlanningTransactions in Planning and Urban Research. DOI: 10.1177/27541223221111799. 

Rodenbiker, J. (2022). Urban Oceans: Social Differentiation in the City and the Sea. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. DOI: 10.1177/25148486221078690.

Rodenbiker, J. (2022). Adapting Participatory Research Methods for Reflexive Environmental Management. Qualitative Research, 1468794121990966.

Rodenbiker, J. (2021). Making Ecology Developmental: China’s Environmental Sciences and Green Modernization in Global Context. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 111(7). 1931-1948.

Liu, R., Jiang, J., Yu, C., Rodenbiker, J., & Jiang, Y. (2021). The Endowment Effect Accompanying Villagers' Withdrawal from Rural Homesteads: Field Evidence From Chengdu. China. Land Use Policy, 101, 105107.

Rodenbiker, J. (2020). Urban Ecological Enclosures: Conservation Planning, Peri-urban Displacement, and Local State FormationInternational Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 44(4), 691-710.

Rodenbiker, J. (2020). Sustainability as Environmental Justice: Uneven Inclusion into China's Ecological Cities. in Shades of Green: Notes on Eco-Civilisation. (Made in China Notebooks 1) edited by Luigi Tomba and Olivier Krischer, Canberra: Australia National University Press.

Rodenbiker, J. (2020). China's Global Reach: Urban Social Lives of the More-than-Human. Society and Space, (4) 8.

Rodenbiker, J. (2019). Uneven Incorporation: Volumetric Transitions in Peri-urban China's Conservation Zones. Geoforum, 104, 234-243.

Rodenbiker, J. (2017). Superscribing Sustainability: The Production of China’s Urban Waterscapes. UPLanD-Journal of Urban Planning, Landscape & Environmental Design, 2(3), 71-86.