Jennifer Richter

Asst Professor
Sch Future of Innov in Society

Location: TEMPE

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. American Studies, University of New Mexico 2013
  • M.A. American Studies, University of New Mexico 2005
  • B.A. English and American Studies, University of Maryland 2001

Research Interests

Science and Technology Studies, Environmental Justice, Alternative Energies, History of Science,Nuclear Energy and Waste Policy, Sustainability Issues


Jennifer Richter is an assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. She is also a senior sustainability scientist with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. 

Her research interests are at the intersections of science, environment, and society, and she teaches courses on environmental justice, science and society, and energy policy. She is especially interested in how federal policies are created and then taken up by local populations, specifically in the American West. Professor Richter focuses on energy justice, specifically in relation to the cultural, political, and environmental issues that come with larger energy transitions. Her research has focused on the environmental and social issues related to nuclear waste storage, and renewable energy production, and how policies are developed to address issues of production of resources, as well as contamination of land, water, and air.  By examining how science and technology policies collide with local expectations and understandings of environment and politics, Professor Richter explores the different effects of energy technologies and policies, and their effects on society at different scales, from the local to the global.