Jean Léon Boucher
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jean-leon-boucher-phd-00432412/ email@example.com - ph703-665-9179
Ph.D. Sociology, George Mason University, 2016
M.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (Social Justice), University of Texas at El Paso, 2008 Studies in Philosophy and Catholic Theology, Mundelein Seminary, 2001-2002 B.S. Mechanical Engineering Technology, University of New Hampshire, 1992 Areas of Specialization
Environmental Sociology; Social Inequality; Attitudes, Behavior, & Sustainable Consumption; Clean Energy Technologies; Sustainability; Environmental and Climate Justice; Bourdieusian Theory. Academic Appointments
Postdoctoral Research Associate
School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University, 2019 - present Quantitatively and qualitatively evaluate technological capacities and needs of U.S. energy, environmental, and climate justice groups; increase collaborative capacities between groups, engineers, and scientists; grant write and publish findings, blogs, vlogs, and audio pieces. Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Energy Innovation Laboratory (ENILAB), University of British Columbia, 2018 - 2019 Evaluate and analyze the present state of zero-emission vehicle policies; make recommendations for improvements in future mobility systems; and analyze production- versus consumption-based emissions accountings for the province of British Columbia. Assistant Professor (fixed-term)
Department of Sociology, Michigan State University, 2017 - 2018 Sociological Theory (SOC 488); Urban Sociology (SOC 375); Developing Societies (SOC 362); Asia: Social Science Perspectives (ISS 330).
Department of Technology and Society, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2016 - 2017 Manipulate large datasets and conduct quantitative research in fields of energy-environmental systems, technology, and innovation policy. Investigate the socio-technical factors that influence cultural diffusion, institutional behavior, and learning in energy systems change. Evaluate social and spatial distribution of clean technologies in the United States, e.g., electric cars, installed solar capacity, charge points and energy audits. Develop, assess, and suggest new policy tools and options.
Institute for Immigration Research, George Mason University, 2012 - 2014 Quantitatively analyzed the immigrant demographic and economic contribution in the United States. Wrote research briefs and fact sheets; published and disseminated findings. Specifically analyzed the overrepresentation of immigrants among U.S. Nobel Prize Laureates, their positive influences on the U.S. dependency ratio, presence amongst farm workers, and entrepreneurial activity in the U.S. metropolitan restaurant industry. 2
Franklin University, Columbus, OH, 2009 - 2011
Taught three semesters of online Global Issues (HUMN 305). Engaged undergraduates with international political, social, and economic issues common to different countries/nation- states. Facilitated synchronous internet classes, group discussions and debates. Books
Boucher, J. L., and Heinonen, J. 2019. Sustainable Consumption, Promise or Myth? Case Studies from the Field. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.
Boucher, J. L., Kwan, G. T., Ottoboni, G. R., and McCaffrey, M. S. 2021. “From the suites to the streets: Examining the range of behaviors and attitudes of international climate activists.” Energy Research & Social Science 72:101866. https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1cFc37tZ6ZqyeS Boucher, J. L., Levenda, A. M., Morales Guerrero, J., Macias, M. M., and Karwat, D. M. A. 2020.
“Establishing a Field of Collaboration for Engineers, Scientists, and Community Groups: Incentives, Barriers, and Potential.” Earth’s Future 8(10), e2020EF001624. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020EF001624
Araújo, K., Boucher, J. L., and Aphale, O. 2019. “A Clean Energy Assessment of Early Adopters in Electric Vehicle and Solar Photovoltaic Technology: Geospatial, Political and Socio- Demographic Trends in New York.” Journal of Cleaner Production 216:99–116. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652618339283?dgcid=coauthor Boucher, J. L., Araujo, K., and Hewitt, E. 2018. “Do Education and Income Drive Energy Audits? A Socio-Spatial Analysis of New York State.” Resources, Conservation and Recycling 136:355–66. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921344918301782 Boucher, J. L. 2017. “The Logics of Frugality: Reproducing Tastes of Necessity among Affluent Climate Change Activists.” Energy Research and Social Science 31:223–32. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214629617301718 Boucher, J. L. 2016. “Culture, Carbon, and Climate Change: A Class Analysis of Climate Change Belief, Lifestyle Lock-in, and Personal Carbon Footprint.” Social Ecology: Journal for Environmental Thought and Sociological Research 25(1–2):53–80. http://hrcak.srce.hr/index.php?show=clanak&id_clanak_jezik=262881&lang=en Boucher, J. L. 2010. “There Will Be Struggle: The Development and Operational Issues of Social Justice Programs at State Universities in the United States of America,” Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies 8(2): 275-310. http://www.jceps.com/wp-content/uploads/PDFs/08- 2-10.pdf
Boucher, J. L. 2019. “Cars, Culture, Carbon, and Climate: An Examination of the More and Less Visible Attributes of the Automobile.” In Boucher, J. L. and Heinonen, J. (Eds) Sustainable Consumption, Promise or Myth? Case Studies from the Field. Cambridge Scholars. Boucher, J. L. 2019. “Epilogue: A Sociology of Disruption.” In Boucher, J. L. and Heinonen, J.
(Eds) Sustainable Consumption, Promise or Myth? Case Studies from the Field. Cambridge Scholars. 3
Heinonen, J. and Boucher, J. L. 2019. “Introduction: The Urgent need for Human-Environmental Sustainability.” In Boucher, J. L. and Heinonen, J. (Eds) Sustainable Consumption, Promise or Myth? Case Studies from the Field. Cambridge Scholars. Manuscripts in Review
Boucher, J. L., Levenda, A. M., Morales Guerrero, J., Macias, M. M., and Karwat, D. M. A. “The Engineering and Scientific Challenges of Environmental Justice Organizations in the US: A Qualitative Study.” Global Environmental Change.
Rentería-Macedo, F. D., Boucher, J. L., Peragallo, G. M., Herrera, O. E., Mérida, W. “Assessing British Columbia’s Climate Action Plan: Production- versus Consumption-based Accounting of Emissions.” Global Environmental Change.
Boucher, J. L., Levenda, A., Carpenter, C., Morales-Guerrero, J., and Karwat, D. M. A.
“Environmental Justice in Phoenix: A Neighbourhood Deficit and Asset Score.” Local Environment.
Boucher, J. L. and Mérida, W. “Clean Tech Privilege and Electric Vehicle Adoption in Oregon and Washington: Policy Considerations.” Energy Research and Social Science. Kaplowitz, S. A. and Boucher, J. L. “Self-reported Energy Conservation Behaviors, Climate Change Attitudes and Income: Relationship with Plasticity and Neighborhood Effects.” Human Ecology.
Boucher, J. L. “The Implementation and Effects of the Swedish Carbon Tax: A Review.” Routledge. Research Briefs and Other Publications
Boucher, J. L. 2016. “The Ten Frugalities of Affluent Climate Activists.” The Sociologist, September/October 2016. http://thesociologistdc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/The- Sociologist-September-2016-FINAL_PDF.pdf
Boucher, J. L. 2013. “The Nobel Prize: Honoring Our Immigrants, Honoring Ourselves.” The Huffington Post. Co-authored with James Witte. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james- witte/honoring-our-immigrants_b_4143981.html
Boucher, J. L. 2013. “Dependents and Dependency: Immigrants and the Future of the American Economy.” The Huffington Post. Co-authored with James Witte. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-witte/dependents-and-dependency_b_3543003.html Boucher, J. L. 2013. “Onions, Apples, Tomatoes and Immigration Reform: We Owe It to Ourselves.” The Huffington Post. Co-authored with James Witte. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-witte/onions-apples-tomatoes-an_b_2769173.html Boucher, J. L. 2013. “Build Bridges, Not Fences: Thirty Percent of U.S. Nobel Laureates Are Foreign-born.” The Huffington Post. Co-authored with James Witte. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-witte/nobel-laureates_b_2458128.html Boucher, J. L. 2013. The Nobel Prize: Excellence among Immigrants. Institute for Immigration Research. Institute for Immigration Research.
Boucher, J. L. 2013. Dependents and Dependency: Immigrants and the Future of the US Economy. Institute for Immigration Research.
Boucher, J. L. 2011. “Greed: A Core Cause of Migration.” Radical Grace: Immigration. 24(4):6-7. http://www.sjmmexico.org/uploads/TBL_CDOCUMENTOS_19_2_37.pdf Manuscripts in Progress
Boucher, J. L., Levenda, A., Morales-Guerrero, J., Macias, M., Karwat, D. “Undone Community Science: Scoping Collaboration for Environmental Justice Research.” Boucher, J. L. “The Justice Advocate: Deploying the Habitus and Cultural Toolkit onto Climate Change Activism.”
Boucher, J. L. “The Green Elite: Establishing the ‘Anti-establishment’ Liberal Repertoire.” Boucher, J. L. “There’s No Gap! Resolving the Attitude-Behavior Gap by Casting a Larger Net into the Pool of Worry.”
Boucher, J. L. “How Shall We Measure ‘Progress’?: A Comparative Analysis of Environmental and Developmental Indices.”
Kurtz, Reed. 2020-present. OSU Postdoctoral Fellow. Morales-Guerrero, Jorge. 2020-present. ASU PhD Candidate. Raja, Zainab. 2020-present. Authentic Science Research HS Student. Rentería-Macedo, Francisco. Summer 2019. UBC/Mitacs Intern. Talebian, Hoda. 2018-2019. UBC PhD Candidate.
Non-Academic Work Experience
No More Deaths, Tucson, AZ, 2010 - 2011
Coordinated placement of over 200 summer volunteers in a humanitarian effort to end the suffering and death of undocumented migrants in the Sonoran Desert. Strategized with other grassroots groups and allies for a collective response to governmental abuses of migrants. Screened volunteer applicants, managed trainers, trainings, and debriefings. Program Director
Charity Center for the Care of AIDS Patients, Ciudad Juárez, México, 2007 - 2010 Directed HIV/AIDS prevention and sexual risk behavior education program for residential adults and local area adolescents. Served as grant writer, fundraiser, and networker (raised over
$30,000) for an Italian-based international Catholic charity with 17 sites worldwide ministering to socially marginalized populations.
Border Education Director
Annunciation House Inc., El Paso, TX / Ciudad Juárez, México, 2003 - 2007 Directed the experiential education awareness program for university delegations (18 annually) studying international relations and the socioeconomics of the U.S.-Mexico border. Supervised governmental and NGO presentations and communal dialogues on border policy, narcotics trafficking, labor and gender related issues, immigration, human rights, and environmental issues. Provided hospitality, food, shelter, clothing, and basic health services to undocumented migrants and refugees.
Product Development Engineer; Mechanical Engineer
Velcro USA Inc., Manchester, NH, 1997 - 2001
Developed new products to create or meet existing markets. Engineered product applications for over 15 sales personnel. Administered product advancement and resolved technical issues for a $1,000,000 account. Patented a new product (Ref. EP 1265507 B1, EP 1265507 A2). Academic Presentations
2017 Motor Vehicle Emissions and Neighborhood Effects: Examining the Nexus of Climate Change Beliefs, Automobile Emissions, and the Politics of Place. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Boston, MA. 2017 Geo-Spatial Adoption of Electric Vehicle Technology: A Socio-technical Assessment of New York State. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Boston, MA.
2017 The Logics of Frugality: Reproducing Tastes of Necessity among Affluent Climate Change Activists. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, Philadelphia, PA.
2016 Cars, Climate Change, and the Politics of Place. Presented at the Katrin B. Anacker Conferences - The Shifting Politics of U.S. Suburbs: Parties, Participation, and Public Opinion in 2016, Arlington, VA
Carbon Conversations – Workshop/Support Group. Conducted at the 2nd International Conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative, Orono, ME. Culture, Carbon, and Climate Change: A Class Analysis of Climate Change Belief and Lifestyle Lock-in. Presented at the 2nd International Conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative, Orono, ME.
Culture, Carbon, and Climate Change: A Class Analysis of Climate Change Belief, Lifestyle Lock-in, and Personal Carbon Footprints. Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, Washington, DC. Preparing the Emotional Ground: Climate Change, Transformative Learning, and Coming to Consciousness as Grieving Process. Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, Washington, DC. Mixed-Methods: Augmenting a Quantitative Sample with In-Depth Interviews. Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, Washington, DC.
On Love, Power, and Conflict: Non-Violence, Strategy, and the Paradox of Repression. Presented at the annual conference of the Public Sociology Association, Arlington, VA. Culture, Carbon, and Climate Change: A Class Analysis of Climate Change Belief and Lifestyle Lock-in. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, Boston, MA. 2015 Beneath Silences and Middle-Class Hegemony: The Case for Class Hybridity. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, New York, NY. 2014 Class, Status, and Climate Change: An Analysis of Climate Change Belief and Green Culture. Presented at the annual conference of the Public Sociology Association, Arlington, VA. 2013 The Peruvian Case for Human Ecological Sustainability: An Ethnographic Approach. Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Humanist Sociology, Washington, DC.
The Science/Policy Gap: Climate Change and Concerted Political Immediacy. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, New York, NY. The Perils of Illegal Entry: Arizona Border Crossings and the Humanitarian Response. Presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, GA. The Impact of Region-of-birth and Time-in-country on the Earnings of Foreign-born Immigrants in the United States. Presented with Lauren Kinne and Bill Roche at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, Boston, MA. 2012 Social Capital in Adversity: An Autoethnographic Approach. Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Humanist Sociology, Nashville, TN. Class Hybridity. Presented at the annual conference of the Public Sociology Association, Fairfax, VA.
Class Morality: An Emancipatory Project. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Denver, CO.
2009 There Will Be Struggle: The Development and Operational Issues of Social Justice Programs at State Universities in the United States of America. Presented at the International Conference on Education, Labor, and Emancipation, Salvador, Brazil. Guest Lectures
Salem State University, March 30, 2016
SOC 250: Public Sociology - The Perils of Illegal Entry: Arizona Border Crossings and the Humanitarian Response
Degrowth Summer School – Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, 2014
Transatlantic Graduate Exchange Institute on Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies Utrecht University, Netherlands and Central European University, Hungary, 2008 Honors and Awards
2016 Selection for Erasmus Mundus, NOVA DOMUS-CHEMEDPHO, academic mobility scholarship, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (did not accept) 2016 Received the Outstanding Early Career Scholar Paper Honorable Mention from the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative 2014 Accepted into George Mason University’s Preparing for Careers in the Academy Program 2013 Awarded Graduate Student Travel Fund, George Mason University 2012 Received the Frank Lindenfeld Outstanding Student Paper Award from the Association for Humanist Sociology
2011 Recipient of the Presidential Scholarship Award, George Mason University 2008 University of Texas at El Paso, Outstanding Student Award Leadership and Service
2015-2019 Board of Directors - Climate First!
2015-2016 Editorial Board - Foundations and Resources for Educators Inspired by Reflective Education
2014-2016 Steering Committee Member – 350.org, Washington, DC 2013-2014 Lead planner for the 4th Annual Public Sociology Conference - (Re)Visions of the Future: Public Sociology, Environmental Justice and the Crisis of Climate Change 7
2014-2016 Chapter Member - Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, Washington, DC.
2014-2015 Treasurer for the George Mason University Public Sociology Association 2013-2014 President of the George Mason Graduate Students Sociological Association Professional Memberships
American Sociological Association (ASA)
Eastern Sociological Society (ESS)
American Association of Geographers (AAG)
Michigan State University
509 E. Circle Drive
462 Berkey Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
Associate Professor, Energy Innovation Systems & Policy Director, Energy Policy Institute
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, Idaho, 83725
Professor, Sustainable Built Environment
University of Iceland
Director, Center for Social Science Research
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030