Associate Research Scholar



Jesse Rodenbiker is an Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University with the Center on Contemporary China at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. Concurrently, he is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Geography at Rutgers University, a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, and a China Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Rodenbiker is a human-environment geographer and interdisciplinary social scientist focusing on environmental governance, urbanization, and social inequality in China and globally. He is the author of Ecological States: Politics of Science and Nature in Urbanizing China (2023, Cornell University Press). Rodenbiker has written for Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Land Use Policy, and other venues. His work has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright-Hays, Chiang-Ching Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, among others.

Before joining Princeton, Rodenbiker served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability and Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at Cornell University and as a Visiting Scholar at Sichuan University at the School of Public Administration and Department of Land Resource Management. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley.