about Jon

Jon Christensen is an adjunct assistant professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Department of History, and the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a journalist-in-residence at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, a founder of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies in the IoES, and a senior fellow in UCLA’s cityLAB. He is editor of LENS Magazine. He is also a partner and strategic adviser at Stamen Design, a National Design Award-winning interactive design and technology firm specializing in mapping, data visualization, and strategic communications. And he is a columnist at LA Observed, a contributor to other newspapers and magazines, and a commentator on radio and television.

Jon was executive director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West, an interdisciplinary center for research, teaching, new media, and journalism at Stanford University before coming to UCLA. He has been an environmental journalist and science writer for more than 30 years. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Nature, High Country News, and many other newspapers, magazines, journals, and radio and television shows. Jon was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford in 2002-2003 and a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University in 2003-2004, before returning to Stanford to work on a Ph.D. in environmental history and the history of science. He was editor of Boom: A Journal of California, a quarterly magazine published by the University of California Press, from 2013 to 2016.

He is currently finishing a book entitled “Critical Habitat: A History of Thinking with Things in Nature” and is engaged in multidisciplinary research on equity and the environment. He was a co-coordinator of a Mellon Sawyer Seminar on “Environmental Humanities: Emergence and Impacts” at UCLA, which resulted in The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities, an edited volume of essays published in 2017. And he is a participating scholar in Public Knowledge, an ongoing project of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Public Library.

Jon usually doesn’t speak or write in the third person.