Jennifer Carlson

Membership:  2017

Member Bio

Jennifer Carlson is an anthropologist and research fellow at Rice University’s Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences in Houston, Texas. As a cultural anthropologist, her research focuses on the affective dimensions of energy development and the relationship between public feeling and environmental citizenship, particularly in rural areas. Her current book project, Unruly Energies, explores how sentiment shapes public engagement with wind power, photovoltaics, and biofuel in Germany’s transition to renewable energy. More broadly, her work asks how ordinary senses of plenitude, uncertainty, and struggle might furnish a resource for environmental action in a postliberal world. Jennifer has lectured in anthropology at Southwestern University, and she is also a member of the editorial team in Cultural Studies & Critical Theory at the Open Library of the Humanities. She holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA from the University of Chicago.


  • “Making a Case for the Green Good Life.” Somatosphere (March 2016).
  • “Farmers of Energy: Ethnographic Perspectives on Energy Citizenship in Germany’s Energy Transition.” Perspectives on Europe 45 (Spring 2015): 91–95.
  • with Kathleen Stewart. “The Legibilities of Mood Work.” New Formations 82 (2014): 114–133.