JEFF ROSE, Ph.D. portrait
  • Affiliate Faculty, Environmental Humanities Graduate Program
  • Affiliate Faculty, Environmental & Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, Parks, Recreation & Tourism


  • Ph.D., Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, University of Utah
  • M.A., Geography, San Diego State University
  • B.S., Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Jeff Rose, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism and an affiliate faculty with the Global Change and Sustainability Center at the University of Utah. Prior to this position, he taught geography and environmental studies at Davidson College in North Carolina.

Jeff’s research agenda uses political ecology to take a social and environmental justice approach to nature-society relations. His research tends to leverage qualitative and spatial methods to examine systemic inequities expressed through class, race, political economy, and relationships to nature. He has pursued a diverse set of questions that critically examine issues of public space, productions of nature, connection to place, neoliberalism, and various non-normative behaviors. A primary focus of Jeff’s research is exploring the social and environmental justice elements of homelessness across the urban-wildland interface. However, this critical approach is also applied to a number of other settings, including park and protected area management, adventure and outdoor recreation and education, and social-ecological systems.

Jeff's teaching experiences critically examine nature-society relationships, employing community-engaged learning with often underrepresented communities whenever possible. He has instructed courses in political ecology, critical social theory, wilderness, qualitative research methods, environmental social studies research methods, leadership, youth development, and people, place, and the environment, among others.