Jesse Rodenbiker

Ph.D. Candidate; M.A. Asian Studies, University of Oregon 2013; B.A. Philosophy, University of Notre Dame 2006
Political Ecology, Development, Cultural Geography, Urbanization, Environmental Politics, Ethnography, Human-Nature Relations, Landscape

189 McCone

Office hours: Wednesdays 1-2 p.m. (Spring 2015)


Jesse’s research focuses on human-environment relations. His work focuses on environmental management and livelihood transformations surrounding urban ecological development projects in the urban-rural peripheries of Southwest China’s Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces. His research explores how projects of ecological modernization, resource securitization, and infrastructural provisioning reconfigure urban-rural spaces and experiences, as well as how the discourses, practices, and aesthetics of urban ecological zoning and the science of ecology (in)form the cultural politics of nature, socio-ecological change, and the economic geographies of a rapidly transforming China.

His work is supported by the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Program, the Social Science Research Council, the Institute for International Studies, the Confucius China Studies Program, the IEAS Center for Chinese Studies, and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships.

Biography and Interests

Jesse graduated from the University of Notre Dame’s Philosophy department in 2006, with a focus in comparative philosophy. He worked abroad in China and Thailand for five years with NGOs and in journalism. While completing his M.A. in Asian Studies at the University of Oregon in 2013, he worked with the Sustainable Cities Initiative China programs. More recently he also served the Liaison for the Institute of East Asian Studies’ Center for Chinese Studies.

He enjoys surfing, camping, climbing and artwork with his daughter.


迈向解放的人类世:气候变化与你的选择. 《人与自然》11月2015

Towards an Emancipatory Anthropocene: Climate Change and Everyday Life. Human and Nature, November, 2015 

全球化的克什克腾:打造世界地质公园的空间特殊性.人与自然》9月 2015

Globalizing Heshigtan: The Spatial Anomalies of Making a Global Geopark. Human and Nature, September, 2015

Green Energy Development: Stronger With Age, Translated Chapter in Huigui, 《回归》 by Wu Xijiu, (Forthcoming)

Wwoofers of the World Unite, Yunnan Magazine《云南杂志》Spring 2010

A Long Way to Go, Yunnan Magazine, 《云南杂志》 Fall 2009

Courses Taught as Graduate Student Instructor

GEOG 164 The Geography of Chinese Economic Development. Head Instructor, Prof. You-tien Hsing (Spring 2015)

DS-10/GEOG 32 Introduction to Development Studies: Poverty, Human Development, and Globalization. Head Instructor, Prof. Michael Watts (Fall 2014)

HIST 192 Japan: Past and Present. Head Instructor, Prof. Jeffrey Hanes Spring (Spring 2013)

HIST 191 China: Past and Present. Head Instructor, Prof. Ernst Schwintzer (Winter 2013)

HIST 190 Foundations of East Asian Civilization. Head Instructor, Prof. Andrew Goble (Fall 2012)