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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

Assistant 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 Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • Assistant Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Christopher F. Jones is an assistant professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at ASU. His research examines the historical and social dimensions of energy systems. His first book, Routes of Power (Harvard, 2014) analyzes the causes and consequences of America's first fossil fuel energy transitions--the rising use of coal, oil, and electricity in the mid-Atlantic region between 1820 and 1930. He is currently working on a project investigating the relationships between economic theories of growth and the consumption of nonrenewable energy resources in twentieth century America. Prof. Jones teaches courses on the history of energy transitions and energy and society. 


  • 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