Colin Jerolmack, sociologist

Photo by Marcin Szczepanski. Retouching by Peter Herpich.    

I am an Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at New York University.   I also direct NYU's Animal Studies Initiative.

I received my PhD in sociology from the City University of New York, then was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Fellowship at Harvard University.  My interests include Community and Urban Sociology, Environmental Sociology, Human-animal Relations, Culture, Health, and Ethnography.  A number of these foci intersect in a book I published about how relationships with animals and nature shape social life in the city.  Titled "The Global Pigeon," it was released in 2013 by the University of Chicago Press. I am currently working on a book about how shale gas extraction (often called "fracking") is impacting rural communities, based on ethnographic field work in North Central Pennsylvania.

Click here to read an essay I adapted from The Global Pigeon for the New York Times Sunday Review.

Click here to read an essay based on my current fracking research published in Slate.

Click here to visit my twin brother's website.  He's a real scientist.