Jon Christensen

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Journalist-in-residence, Senior Fellow, LENS P.I.

IoES, LENS, cityLAB, Department of History, Center for Digital Humanities


(650) 759-6534
jonchristensen@ioes.ucla.edu

La Kretz Hall
Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Bio

About Jon Christensen

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 a regular columnist at LA Observed and editor of Boom: A Journal of California, a quarterly magazine published by the University of California Press, from 2013 to 2016. He is also a partner and strategic adviser at Stamen Design, an interactive design studio specializing in mapping, data visualization, and strategic communications.

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. He 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 is currently finishing a book entitled “Critical Habitat: A History of Thinking with Things in Nature” and is engaged in a multidisciplinary digital environmental humanities research project on nature in cities. And he is a co-coordinator of a Mellon Sawyer Seminar on “Environmental Humanities: Emergence and Impacts,” which met throughout the 2014-2015 academic year at UCLA, is continuing in 2015-2016, and will result in A Companion to the Environmental Humanities, an edited volume of essays to be published by Routledge.

Projects

Equity in Park Funding

Los Angeles has one of the worst reputations in the country when it comes to parks in metropolitan regions. But that could change on November 8, if voters approve Measure A, a parks funding measure on the ballot in Los Angeles County. Over the past year, park managers and advocates in Los Angeles have claimed...

Coastal Access in California

California lacks good, current information about who visits coastal parks and beaches, where they come from, and any impediments they face in visiting the California coast. One consequence of this lack of information is that coastal access and conservation issues are perceived by some as special concerns separate from issues that matter to all of...

Climate Change Solutions Video Series

Global climate disruption is affecting the planet in ways never experienced in human history. LENS is collaborating with the UC Office of the President to produce a series of six short videos with host Dr. M. Sanjayan which will pose a simple question: Can we do anything to stop climate change or should we just...

Still image from Holoscenes/Anthroposcene Suite 1 by Lars Jan.

Holoscenes/Anthroposcene Suite 1 by Lars Jan

Holoscenes is a multi-platform artwork colliding the human body with water. The work includes performance installation, video, photographic, and print components. The Anthropocene Suite is a quartet of projections featuring multiple performers carrying out a series of everyday behaviors while animated by several thousand gallons of water in an aquarium-like sculpture. Their behaviors are transformed...

Publications

Los Angeles needs more parks. Measure A is the smartest way to pay for them we could have asked for

J. Christensen, S. Ong

Published Work | 2016


Improving park funding measures to achieve smarter equitable investments

Christensen, J.

Published Work | 2016


California has new tools to ensure park funds go where promised

Christensen, J.

Published Work | 2016


A smarter way to pay for parks

Christensen, J.

Published Work | 2016