Jesse Rodenbiker

Political Ecology, Urbanization, Development, Environmental Geography, Human-Nature Relations, China

189 McCone 


Jesse completed his Ph.D. in 2019 and is a Visiting Asisstant Professor at Rutger's University Department of Geography. His research explores the history of ecology, environmental governance, rural-urban socio-spatial and political economic transitions in China. His work shows how ecological states shape the cultural politics of nature and development, rural-urban spaces, and livelihoods transitions.

His research is supported by the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Program, the Chiang-Ching Kuo Foundation For International Scholarly Exchange, the Social Science Research Council, Global Metropolitan Studies, the Institute for International Studies, the Confucius China Studies Program, the IEAS Center for Chinese Studies, and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships.


Jesse holds a B.A. in philosophy, an M.A. in Asian Studies, and Ph.D. in Geography. He has worked in China and Thailand in journalism and with a number of NGOs. He has also worked with the Sustainable Cities Initiative China program and the Institute of East Asian Studies’ Center for Chinese Studies. He was recently a Visiting Scholar at Sichuan University’s School of Public Administration and is currently a Visitin Assistant Professor in Rutger's Univerity Department of Geography. He also teachs at Rutger's University Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Public Policy. His research was recently featured in the Social Science Matrix.

He enjoys surfing, climbing and art with his daughter.


Uneven Incorporation: Volumetric Transitions in Peri-urban China's Conservation ZonesGeoforum. (2019) 104; 234-243.

Superscribing Sustainability: The Production of China’s Urban Waterscapes. UPLanD-Journal of Urban Planning, Landscape & Environmental Design 2.3 (2017): 71-86.

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)

Courses Taught 

GEOG 164: Geographies of China's Economic Development (Summer 2019)

GEOG 10: Worldings: Regions, People, and States. Jake Kosek (Fall 2017)

GEOG 164: The Geography of Chinese Economic Development. You-tien Hsing (Spring 2015)

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

HIST 192 Japan: Past and Present. Jeffrey Hanes Spring (Spring 2013)

HIST 191 China: Past and Present. Ernst Schwintzer (Winter 2013)

HIST 190: Foundations of East Asian Civilization. Andrew Goble (Fall 2012)