Jordan is a Ph.D. student of Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder focusing on socioecological philosophy and policy. He received his M.S. in Environmental Policy from Bard CEP in New York and his B.A. in Philosophy (Special & Departmental Honors) and Government from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a former Visiting Fellow at the University of North Texas’ Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity involved with the Future of Energy Project.
Fundamentally, his research stems from an interest in the peculiar role modern secular mythology plays as a vehicle for socioecological values, ethics, and politics—-particularly the idea of progress and sustainability as “green neoliberalism.” His prospective dissertation re-evaluates the relationship between material resource consumption and human wellbeing, seeking specifically to develop a discourse ethic of consumption rooted in social ecology, compelled and informed by a new taxonomy of needs. He also works on environmental justice issues surrounding natural gas development and the ethics of climate change-related sea-level rise.
His Master’s thesis, To Frack or Not to Frack, examines the ideology of risk in the politics of fracking. The full text is available through the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and forthcoming for publication, but in the meantime, here is the abstract and here are its presentation slides.
Beyond the academy, he enjoys being outdoors and with friends, dogboarding, shreddin’ the gnar, playing music, exploring wilderness, and the eternal quest for yet unknown delicious and healthy foods. @tothesungod