Dr. Jeff Baldwin
Assistant Professor, Chair
Areas of Specialization
- Human-environment inter-relationships
- Tourism Geographies
- Globalizing Economies
- The Caribbean and Latin America
- Ph.D.— Geography, University of Oregon 2003
- M.A.— Geography, University of Oregon 1998
- B.A.— Finance, University of Oregon
Baldwin, Jeff. In review. “Institutional Obstacles to Enlisting Beaver Re-colonization as an Adaptation to Changing Precipitation Regimes in Oregon, USA”. Human Ecology.
Baldwin, Jeff. In review. “What ought I eat?: Towards an ethical biospheric political economy”. Environmental Ethics.
Baldwin, Jeff. In review. “Cultural processes in Constructing a Relational Sense of Place: Jolly Beach, Antigua, West Indies,” Geografiska Annaler. Series B: Human Geography.
Baldwin, Jeff. Nearing submission. “Beaver as Historical Actors: In Theory and Practice”, Environment and History.
Baldwin, Jeff. 2010. “The Pacific Asian Financial Crisis, Indonesian Forests, and „Us‟: Synthesizing a Multi-perspective Application of Massey‟s Space,” The California Geographer.
Baldwin, J. 2007. “Understanding tourist beaches as eco-social landscapes: seeking sustainability through integration of human and non-human wealth production.” Téoros 26, 1: 40-45
Baldwin, Jeff. 2011. “Some Problems With and Alternatives to Using Statistical Habitat Suitability I ndices and Historical Presence to Identify Likely Beaver Re-introduction Sites in Oregon”. Conference of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, San Francisco, CA.
Baldwin, Jeff. 2011. “Promoting Resilience and Practicing Rigidity: Institutional Exclusion of Beaver Re-introduction in the Oregon as an Adaptive Response to Climate Change”. Association of American Geographers (AAG) Conference, Seattle, WA.
Baldwin, Jeff. 2010. “What ought I eat?”: Towards an ethical biospheric political economy”. Critical Geographies Mini-Conference. Milwaukie, WI.
Baldwin, Jeff. 2010. “Partnering with Beaver as a strategy to mediate climate change related water insecurity in the Western United States,” Association of American Geographers (AAG) Conference, Washington, D.C.
Baldwin, Jeff. 2010. “Environmental history and animal agency.” Annual Conference of the Society of California Geographers, Fullerton, CA.
In My Own Words
I feel that teaching is a very central part of who I am as an academic professional. Through my teaching I endeavor to help students learn how to use geography as an analytic perspective, and as a body of knowledge which is useful in both career development and in inter-personal effectiveness.
I continue to develop two areas of research. The first focuses upon understanding and changing some of the philosophical tenants that support environmentally damaging practices. I am especially interested to show various ways that environmental communities work to provide important services to human economies, and to better understand how social groups could work more cooperatively with those communities. I draw specifically from Marx’s ontological work and from the field of eco-feminism in that pursuit. I also incorporate environmental history, political economy, and political ecology perspectives in that work.
My second field of interest revolves around tourism and the production of touristic landscapes. I have conducted research in Antigua in the West Indies and hope to expand my area of study to other islands in that area. Now that I am at Sonoma State, I plan to pursue a long-standing interest in wine tourism. I am interested in investigating the industry’s environmental implications, the embodied production of touristic spaces by tourism workers and operatives, and the experience of visitors to these spaces. I draw from Henri Lefebvre’s work on the production of space and use qualitative, geophysical, and spatial analysis methods in that research.