Jenny Price is a public writer, artist, and historian who focuses on U.S. environmental topics—and is currently the 2014 Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities at Princeton University. She’s written generally about urban nature, environmentalism, and Los Angeles, and about urban river revitalization and public beach access.
Author of “Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in L.A.” and Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America, she's written also for GOOD, Sunset, Believer, Audubon, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times, and writes the Green Me Up, JJ not-quite advice column on LA Observed.
As a co-founder of the Los Angeles Urban Rangers art collective in 2005, she has conducted such projects as Public Access 101: Malibu Public Beaches and Downtown L.A. Trail System. With the Rangers, she has been a resident artist for the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, and for the Engagement Party series at the Museum of Contemporary Art; and has exhibited in shows including the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, Performing Public Space at La Casa de Túnel in Tijuana, and the traveling We Are Here Maps Archive. A resident artist for the Mellon Tri-College Creative Residencies in 2012-13, she also designed Nature Trail in 2012-13 as a commission for Laumeier Sculpture Park’s permanent collection in St. Louis, Missouri.
She has a Ph.D. in history from Yale University and has been a Research Scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women since 1998. She has taught at UCLA, USC, and Antioch-Los Angeles. A 2005 Guggenheim fellow and two-time NEH fellow, she was the 2011 Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in American Studies at Princeton University; and she was a 2013 Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West.
Price has presented her work widely in both academic and non-academic venues. She delivered the annual Lynn W. Day Distinguished Lecture in Forest and Conservation History at Duke University in 2007; and in 2012, she delivered the keynote address at the annual American Society For Environmental History conference.
She is currently co-creating Play the L.A. River as a co-founder of the public arts and humanities collective Project 51; and is also a fall 2013 and summer 2014 Senior Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich.
She is working on a new book, Stop Saving the Planet!—& Other Tips for 21st-Century Environmentalists.