From 2006 - 2009, Jon served as Middlebury's Luce Professor of International Environmental Economics. On leave during academic year 2009 - 2010, he was promoted to full professor in December 2011.
Jon's research encompasses a broad range of questions about institutional determinants of well-being and sustainability. He co-edited (Island Press, 2007) and Ignition: What You Can Do to Fight Global Warming and Spark a Movement and Social Capital and Economic Development: Well-Being in Developing Countries (Edward Elgar Publications, 2002); has published articles in Economic Development and Cultural Change, The Journal of African Economies, The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Rural Sociology, Society and Natural Resources, The Southern Economic Journal, The Vermont Law Review, World Bank Economic Review and other journals; and book chapters in volumes from Ashgate Press, The New England University Press, Oxford University Press, and Cambridge University Press. He served as the Guest Editor of ‘Getting to 350,’ a special edition of Solutions, which was based on the 'Getting to 350' workshop held at Middlebury in May 2009.
Jon teaches classes about 21st-century global challenges, climate change, environmental economics, environmental policy, and microeconomics. In the last few years, students who have led research projects in his classes have gone on to found Brighter Planet, Step It Up, 350.org and Power Past Coal. In 2005, he was chosen by Middlebury students as the first recipient of The Marjorie Lamberti Faculty Appreciation Award. In 2006, he received Vermont Campus Compact's Engaged Scholar Award. In 2009, he was nominated by Middlebury College for Baylor University's Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, for which he was chosen as a semi-finalist.
Jon currently serves on the Board of Directors of Brighter Planet, Climate Counts, and St. George's School and the Climate Economics Taskforce for the E3 Network.
Jon has an AB in Anthropology from Harvard College, an MA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland. He and his wife Tracy Himmel Isham and their three daughters live in Cornwall VT.
A more detailed view of my professional background can be found in my curriculum vitae.