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About Jordan Howell

I study human-environment relationships. In particular, I study environmental policy and governance, and think about ways environmental policy could be improved, especially as it relates to infrastructure. Different environmental infrastructures make modern life possible, but many in the US do not fully appreciate the importance of the systems that deliver energy, water, and waste management services. Too often these systems are left for 'government' or 'companies'' to deal with, though in reality we ought to be concerned about their development, operation, and upkeep even at the scales of our own homes and communities. My research takes two forms: first, historical studies of ‘how we got here’ with a particular project or system; and second, critical evaluations of policy processes and outcomes that aim to incorporate ideas from ecological identity and bioregional theory. I don't think either society or researchers should limit themselves to a particular approach to environmental policymaking, as regulations, educational & behavioral initiatives, and market-based solutions all play a role in effective governance.


Present Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Planning & Sustainability, Rowan University School of Earth & Environment
2013 - 2018 Assistant Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Rowan University School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests


2018 - 2019 Geospatial Planning and Design for Camden County's Green Infrastructure
Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority
Role: Investigator
Colleague(s): Mahbubur Meenar
2017 - 2018 NEH Humanities Connections program
National Endowment for the Humanities
Cultivating the Environmental Humanities
Role: Lead PI and Director
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Honors and Awards

  • Rowan University Wall of Fame for Excellence in Teaching, 2017


2013 PhD, Geography, Michigan State University
2010 MS, Geography, Michigan State University
2008 BA, Anthropology, William & Mary

Recent Works (2)

Journal Articles (8)

Book Reviews (4)