Jenny Price

Membership:  2013

Member Bio

Jenny Price is a public writer, artist, and historian focusing on US environmental topics. She has written generally about urban nature, environmentalism, and Los Angeles, and about urban river revitalization and public beach access. She has a PhD from Yale University, and has taught at University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California, and Antioch-Los Angeles; has been a Guggenheim fellow and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow; was the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in American Studies at Princeton University in Fall 2011; and is a Research Scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women. With the LA Urban Rangers art collective, she has conducted such projects as Downtown LA Trail System and Public Access 101: Malibu Public Beaches. In 2013, she designed an alternative nature trail for Laumeier Sculpture Park in her hometown St. Louis. With her new collective Project 51, she is creating Play the LA River, to encourage Angelenos to engage and reimagine the River that has been central to the city's past, present, and future. In 2014, she will return to Princeton as the Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities.


  • Flight Maps: Adventures With Nature In Modern America. New York: Basic Books, 2000.
  • "Green Me Up, JJ: A Not-Quite Green Advice Column." LA Observed, 2009–
  • "Looking for Nature at the Mall: A Field Guide to The Nature Company." In Uncommon Ground: Toward Reinventing Nature, edited by William Cronon, 200–286. New York: WW Norton, 1995.
  • "Stop Saving the Planet!—and Other Tips from Rachel Carson." In "Rachel Carson's Silent Spring: Encounters and Legacies," edited by Lawrence Culver, Christof Mauch, and Katie Ritson, RCC Perspectives 2012, no. 7, 11–30.
  • "Remaking American Environmentalism: On the Banks of the LA River." Environmental History 13 (2008): 536–555.
  • "Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in LA." Believer, April 2006.