Jon Nelson, Ph.D.

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Successful Defense: July 29, 2021
Graduate Student
Ph.D. Brown University
A.M. Brown University
B.A. University Of Kansas

Research Interests

Environment; Climate Change Adaptation; Community Power


Year of Entry: 2014

Dissertation Title: "Insuring Inequality: The Role of FEMA in Unequal Adaptation to Sea-Level Rise in Coastal New England."

Master's Thesis: "Of Cowboys and Cupuaçu: The Diffusion of Agroforestry in the Western Amazon."

Affiliation: Institute at Brown for Environment and Society


  • Interdisciplinary Opportunity Award, Graduate School, Brown University
  • Dean's Faculty Fellowship - Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology, Brown University


  • Nelson, Jon. 2020. “Of Farms and Forests: Farm-level land-use decisions, socio-environmental systems, and regional development in Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforest”. Environmental Sociology 6(3):322-341.
  • Nelson, Jon, and Paul Stock. "Repeasantisation in the United States." Sociologia Ruralis 58, no. 1 (2018): 83-103.