Jesse Abrams

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies

Jesse Abrams


Office: Maxey Hall W44  
Telephone: (509) 527-4951 

B.A. New College of Florida, Environmental Studies, 1998

M.S. Oregon State University, Forest Resources, 2004
Ph.D. Oregon State University, Forest Resources, 2011  

Jesse Abrams was born and raised among the alligators, mangrove forests, strip malls, and pink lawn flamingoes of Florida. His undergraduate education at New College of Florida culminated in a senior thesis on epiphytic orchid distribution in a remote southern Florida swamp. After college, Jesse worked in a variety of environmental positions, including as a resource manager at a national monument in New Mexico, a prescribed fire crewmember in Massachusetts, a field botanist in the Missouri Ozarks, an invasive plant exterminator in southeast Utah, and a restoration crew supervisor in Portland, Oregon. His master’s program at Oregon State University included an internship with Wallowa Resources, a community-based nonprofit organization in rural northeastern Oregon. Subsequent years found him travelling the backroads of Arizona and New Mexico, working on collaborative and community-based forest restoration projects as a social scientist with the Flagstaff-based Ecological Restoration Institute. Returning to Oregon to pursue his Ph.D., Jesse again partnered with Wallowa Resources, this time researching the implications of land ownership and land use transitions across Wallowa County’s “working landscape” of private farms, forests and rangelands. Jesse has been a visiting professor at Whitman since August 2011. His academic interests include rural gentrification, amenity migration, ecological restoration, environmental governance, political ecology and environmental justice.

Recent Publications:
Abrams, J. and H. Gosnell. In Press. The politics of marginality in Wallowa County, Oregon: Contesting the production of landscapes of consumption. Journal of Rural Studies.

Abrams, J., H. Gosnell, N. Gill, and P. Klepeis. In Press. Re-creating the rural, reconstructing nature: An international literature review of the environmental implications of amenity migration. Conservation and Society.

Egan, D., E. Hjerpe, and J. Abrams (eds.) 2011. Human Dimensions of Ecological Restoration: Integrating Science, Nature, and Culture. Washington, D.C.: Island Press.

Gosnell, H. and J. Abrams. 2011. Amenity migration: Diverse conceptualizations of drivers, socioeconomic dimensions, and emerging challenges. GeoJournal 76(4): 302-322.

J.C. Bliss, E.C. Kelly, J. Abrams, C. Bailey, and J. Dyer. 2010. Disintegration of the U.S. industrial forest estate: Dynamics, trajectories, and questions. Small-Scale Forestry 9(1): 53-66.

Hjerpe, E., J. Abrams, and D. Becker. 2009. Socioeconomic barriers and the role of biomass utilization in southwestern ponderosa pine restoration. Restoration Ecology 27(2): 169-177.