Jenny Elaine Goldstein
Department of Development Sociology
Cornell University | 240 Warren Hall | Ithaca, NY 14853
jeg347@cornell.edu | www.jennyelainegoldstein.org
EDUCATION
University of California, Los Angeles, Geography, PhD, 2015
University of California, Los Angeles, Geography, M.A., 2009
Barnard College, Columbia University, Architecture, B.A. magna cum laude, 2005
ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
2017-present Assistant Professor, Department of Development Sociology, Cornell
University
2017-present Core Faculty Member, Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University
2016-17
Postdoctoral Associate, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell
University, Department of Science and Technology Studies
PUBLICATIONS
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Goldstein, J.E. (2016) Knowing the Subterranean: Producing Oil Palm, Carbon Emissions,
and Divergent Expertise in Indonesia’s Peat Soil. Environment and Planning A 48 (4): 754-770
Goldstein, J.E. (2014) The Afterlives of Degraded Tropical Forests: New Value for
Conservation and Development. Environment and Society: Advances in Research 5: 124-140
Goldstein, J.E. (2011) The “Coffee Doctors”: The Language of Taste and the Rise of
Rwanda’s Specialty Bean Value. Food and Foodways 19 (1-2): 135-159
Other Publications
2017 Goldstein, J.E., J.S. Yates. Rendering Land Investable: Introduction to Special
Theme Issue. Geoforum
2017 Goldstein, J.E. (with 106 co-authors). Letter to the Editor: Denial of long-term issues
with agriculture on tropical peatlands will have devastating consequences. Global
Change Biology 23, 977-982
2017 Goldstein, J.E. (2017) Lots of Smoke, But Where’s the Fire? Contested Causality
and Shifting Blame in Southeast Asia’s Smoke-Haze Crisis. Book chapter in The
Quotidian Anthropocene: Reconfiguring Environments in Urbanizing Asia (T. Vaughn, E.
Elinoff, K. Fortun, eds), Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press
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Manuscripts Under Review
Smoke and Mirrors in the Politics of Mapping Indonesia’s Peat Fires. Antipode
In Preparation
Land of no return: Scalar politics and new value through Indonesia’s Peatland
Restoration Environment and Planning A
In value’s shadows: Devaluation as accumulation frontier. Introduction to Special
Theme Issue (with Sarah Knuth and Shaina Potts, co-editors/authors). Environment
and Planning A
The role of human actions in peat fire causality: Fire ignitions versus fire
environments (with Laura Graham, Grahame Applegate, Mark Cochrane, Sofyan
Anosori, Pete Vayda). Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography
Turning farmers into arsonists: The criminalization of fire in Indonesia. Journal of
Peasant Studies
Is Forest-Landscape Restoration the New Conservation? Insights from Indonesia
(with Satrio Wicaksono). Global Environmental Change
Special Issues Edited
2018 In Value’s Shadows: Devaluation as Accumulation Frontier, Environment and
Planning A
2017 Rendering Land Investable, Geoforum
Encyclopedia Entries
2012 Farm Bills. In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, 2nd edition (A.
Smith, B Kraig, eds). New York: Oxford University Press
2012 Fruit Trade. In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, 2nd edition (A.
Smith, B. Kraig, eds). New York: Oxford University Press
2012 Thomas Keller. In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, 2nd edition
(A. Smith, B. Kraig, eds). New York: Oxford University Press
Book Reviews
2009 Book Review of CUPL’s: Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes. Critical
Planning Journal 16: 206-210.
AWARDS
2016
2013
2011
2010
Chancellor’s Nomination for Graduate Student Commencement Marshal, UCLA
Barbara Maida Award for Outstanding Female Scholars, UCLA Geography
Graduate Student Publication Award, UCLA Geography
Quality of Graduate Education Service Award, UCLA Geography
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FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS
External
2015
2013
2013
2013
2012
2010
American Society of Environmental Historians travel grant ($500)
Fulbright IIE, Indonesia ($18,000)
University of California Pacific Rim Research Program Graduate Fellowship
($18,000)
American Institute for Indonesian Studies Graduate Fellowship ($5,750)
Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development
Fellowship ($3,000)
US Department of State Critical Language Scholarship, Indonesia
University
2018-19
2014
2014
2014
2013
2013
2013
2012
2012
2012
2012
2011
2011
2011
2011
2010
2009
2009
2008
2007
Cornell Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Academic Venture Fund
($127,000), PI: Jenny Goldstein, co-PIs: Matt Reid, Tom Pepinsky
Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA ($20,000)
Collegium of University Teaching Fellows, UCLA (declined)
Graduate Division Travel Research Grant, Indonesia ($500)
Lemelson Fellowship for Indonesian Studies, UCLA ($3,000)
Foreign Language and Area Studies summer fellowship (declined)
Graduate Division Research Grant, Indonesia ($500)
International Institute Fieldwork Fellowship, UCLA ($15,000)
Asia Institute Graduate Fellowship, UCLA ($4,000)
Lemelson Fellowship for Indonesian Studies ($4,000)
Foreign Language and Area Studies summer fellowship (declined)
Lemelson Fellowship for Indonesian Studies ($5,000)
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship ($15,000)
Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship ($2,000)
Graduate Summer Research Mentorship fellowship ($4,500)
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship ($15,000)
Institute of Research on Labor and Employment grant ($1,000)
Graduate Research Mentorship grant ($18,000)
Graduate Summer Research Mentorship grant ($4,500)
Department of Geography Fellowship ($18,000)
INVITED PRESENTATIONS
2017 Arson on Their Own Land: The Politics of Tracing Fire in Indonesia. Department of
Geography, National University of Singapore, Singapore, February 10.
2016 Arson on Our Own Land: The Politics of Tracing Fire in Indonesia. Southeast Asia
Program Gatty Lecture, Cornell University, October 20.
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2016 Accounting for Carbon in Indonesia’s Peatlands. Department of Science and
Technology Studies, Cornell University, April 25.
2009 What Tastes Good? Crossing Culinary and International Borders. Global
Connections Series, Marymount College, Palos Verdes, CA, April 28.
2009 On Coffee and the Cultural History of Plants. It’s a Matter of Taste conference for
Educators, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA July 29.
2009 The Rapid Rise of Rwanda’s Specialty Coffee Commodity Industry. African Studies
Colloquium, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, November 6.
INVITED WORKSHOP/INSTITUTE PARTICIPATION
2017 Rediscovering Soils: Knowledge and Care in the Worlds of Soils workshop.
University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, June 19-21.
2016 Environmental Degradation and Sustainability. Centre for Sustainability Studies,
Lund University, Malmö, Sweden, March 17.
2014 Contested Causality, Indonesia’s Peat Fires, and The Southeast Asian Smoke-Haze
Crisis. The Quotidian Anthropocene: Reconfiguring Environments in Urbanizing
Asia, National University of Singapore, Singapore, October 16-17.
2014 Seeing Below the Surface: Climate Change Science and the Carbonization of
Subterranean Landscapes. Summer Institute on Contested Global Landscapes,
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, May 18-23.
2012 Social Science Research Council, Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship in
Ecological History, Minneapolis, MN and Philadelphia, PA, May 30-June 3,
September 12-16.
2009 Dissertation Proposal Development Workshop, University of California MultiCampus Research on Food and the Body, Sonoma, CA, November 21-23.
CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
Panels Organized
2017 Data Infrastructures, Nature, and Politics (with Eric Nost, co-organizer; Luke
Bergmann, discussant). Association of American Geographers annual meeting,
Boston, MA, April 5-9.
2017 Rethinking the Land Grant (with Kasia Paprocki, Tracey Osborne, Joel Correia, coorganizers). Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Boston, MA,
April 5-9.
2016 Transforming Development: Agricultural Technologies and Knowledge Practices
across Asia (with Suzanne Moon, discussant). Society for the History of Technology
annual meeting, Singapore, June 22-26.
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2016 Sensing Value in and Beyond Nature: A Post-Conservation Critical GIS (with
Patrick Gallagher, co-organizer) Association of American Geographers annual
meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 29-April 2.
2015 Rendering Land Investable: Multiple Ontologies and Materialities in the Global
Land Rush (with Julian Yates, co-organizer; Tania Li, Wendy Wolford, discussants)
Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Chicago, IL, April 21-25.
2015 Investing in the Global Land Rush: Capitalization and Contestations, Enframing
and Strategizing Value, Multiple Ontologies and Livelihoods (with Julian Yates, coorganizer) Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Chicago, IL, April
21-25.
2015 Knowledge and Politics of Land: Science and Law in the Making of Territory and
Resource Claims (with Kara Schlichting, co-organizer; Sara Pritchard, discussant)
American Society of Environmental History annual meeting, Washington, DC,
March 18-21.
2013 Geographies of Agri-Food Systems: People, Place, Power. Association of American
Geographers annual meeting, Los Angeles, CA, April 9-13.
Papers Presented
2017 In/visible value and the politics of satellite-based environmental monitoring in
Southeast Asia. The Value of Life: Measurement, Stakes, Implications, Centre for
Space, Place, and Society, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands,
June 28-30
2017 Turning Farmers into Arsonists: Land, Rent-Seeking, and the Criminalization of
Fire in Indonesia. Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Boston,
MA, April 4-9
2016 Environmental Restoration as Development Practice: Un-Developing Land in
Indonesia. Development Sociology section of the American Sociological Association
annual conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, October 6-8
2016 Cultivating Carbon: Re-Engineering Indonesia’s Peatlands and the Contradictions of
Development. Society for the History of Technology annual meeting, Singapore,
June 22-26
2016 Smoke and Mirrors in the Politics of Mapping Indonesia’s Subterranean Peat Forest
Fires. Association of American Geographers annual meeting, San Francisco, CA,
March 29-April 2.
2016 A More-than-Human Commons at What Scale? The Politics of Building and
Dismantling Dams in Indonesia’s Peatlands as Local/Global Enclosure.
International Conference of the European Network of Political Ecology, Stockholm,
Sweden, March 20-23.
2016 Re-valuation through Devolution: Burned Peatland and Scalar Politics in Indonesia.
Dimensions of Political Ecology annual meeting, Lexington, KY, February 26-27.
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2015 Placing Science Below the Surface: Producing Global Climate Change Knowledge
from Indonesia’s Peat Soil. Association of American Geographers annual meeting,
Chicago, IL, April 21-25.
2015 Seeing Below the Surface: Climate Change Science and the Carbonization of
Indonesia’s Subterranean Landscapes. American Society of Environmental History
annual meeting, Washington, DC, March 18-21.
2013 No Rice but Mega Rice: Food Security and Peatland Forest Conversion in
Kalimantan, Indonesia. Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Los
Angeles, CA, April 9-13.
2009 The Production and Politics of Taste in Rwanda’s Specialty Coffee Industry.
American Association of Anthropologists annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA,
December 2-6.
2009 Don’t Spill a Drop: What It Means to be ‘Wasting Water’ in Imperial County, CA.
Association of Pacific Coast Geographers annual meeting, San Diego, CA, October
2-4.
2009 What Tastes Good? The Role of Wholesale Distributors in Determining Produce
Quality. Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Seattle, WA, March
25-28
2009 The Production of Taste at Both Ends of Rwanda’s Coffee Commodity Chain.
Tasting Histories conference, UC Davis, Davis, CA, March 1-2.
2008 The Rapid Rise of Rwanda’s Specialty Coffee Industry. Association of American
Geographers annual meeting, Las Vegas, NV, March 5-8.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE, UCLA
Instructor/Lecturer
Health and the Global Environment (summer 2015)
People and the Earth’s Ecosystems (summer 2013)
Advanced Cultural Geography: Scientific Expertise in Human-Environment
Interactions, Graduate Seminar with Judy Carney (fall 2012)
Teaching Assistant
People and the Earth’s Ecosystems (fall 2012)
Cities of Europe (winter 2012)
African Ecology and Development (winter 2010)
People and the Earth’s Ecosystems (spring 2009)
World Regions and Contemporary Issues (winter 2009)
Cultural Geography (fall 2008)
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PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Peer Review
Reviewer:
2017
Conservation and Society, Global Environmental Change
2016
Conservation Biology, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Land Use Policy,
Food and Foodways
2014
Reviewer, World Resources Institute working reports series on Food, Forests,
and Water
Abstract Reviewer, Northeast Conference on Indonesian Studies, Yale
University
Editorial Board Member, Critical Planning Journal
2011
2009-10
To Discipline
2012-14
2009-12
Elected Student Representative, Geographies of Food and Agriculture
Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers
Student Member, University of California Multi-Campus Research Group on
Food and the Body
To Geography Department, UCLA
2009-11
2010-11
2009-10
2008-09
Organizer, Food and Agriculture Colloquium series
Organizer, Professional Development Symposium
Student-Faculty Representative
Graduate Student Department President
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Association of American Geographers, 2008-present
Society of Women Geographers, 2010-present
AAG Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, 2012-present
AAG Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, 2009-present
AAG Development Geography Specialty Group, 2012-present
AAG Economic Geography Specialty Group, 2012-present
LANGUAGES & SKILLS
Proficient Indonesian: writing, speaking, reading
Geographic Information Systems (QGIS, ArcGIS)
Qualitative Research Software (Atlas.ti, NVivo)
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