Jason Henderson

Jason Henderson
Professor
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2002

Specialties: 
Urban Transportation in the US and Europe; Comparative Global Transport; Politics of Mobility; Bicycle and Car Politics; Public Transit; Parking; Energy and Climate impacts of Mobility and Transport; Car Free and Car Lite Cities

Contact Information

Phone: 
(415) 405-2483

Office: 
HSS 269
Office Hours: 
M 10-10:45, 1-2; W 10-10:45

Biography

Specialties: Urban Transportation in the US and Europe; Comparative Global Transport; Politics of Mobility; Bicycle and Car Politics; Public Transit; Parking; Energy and Climate impacts of Mobility and Transport; Car Free and Car Lite Cities. 

Jason Henderson is Professor of Geography & Environment at San Francisco State University. His research focuses on the ‘politics of mobility’ and examines how culture, history, politics, and economics shape transportation. Jason’s research and teaching are motivated by the need for rapid and accelerated decarbonization to limit global warming, and inspired by efforts to build compact, car free and cycling cities around the world. 

Jason’s most recent book was published in June 2019: Street Fights in Copenhagen: The Politics of Mobility in a Green Mobility City (co-authored with Natalie Gulsrud). This book examines the politics of the bicycle and the car in Copenhagen, Denmark, one of the world’s iconic bicycle cities. More information about the book can be found here:   https://www.routledge.com/Street-Fights-in-Copenhagen-Bicycle-and-Car-Politics-in-a-Green-Mobility/Henderson-Gulsrud/p/book/9781138334892

 The Politics of Mobility in a Green Mobility City

Jason is also author of Street Fight: The Politics of Mobility in San Francisco, and co-author of Low Car (bon) Communities: Inspiring Car-Free and Car Lite Urban Futures. He has published articles in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Antipode, Urban Geography, the Journal of Transport Geography and several book chapters in academic books on sustainable transportation and the politics of the automobile.  

In 2018 Jason was a visiting research professor at the Institute of Geography and Center for North American Studies at Heidelberg University.  

Current research includes electric cars and the politics of “tech mobility” (driverless cars, ride hail services, and private transit).  Other research interests include green mobility (cycling, walking, public transit and compact cities), the politics of mobility and decarbonization, inspirational green mobility cities and policies around the world, energy and material resources of mobility, and in narratives about future mobility.

Students who share any of the above interests should not hesitate to contact Jason at Jhenders@sfsu.edu

Teaching:

Intro to Human Geography (Geog 102): Geography and global warming, globalization of the economy, global urbanization patterns, population and resources; transport geographies. 

Urban Transportation (Geog 433): decarbonizing transport, green mobility, bicycles, public transit (Muni/BART), transportation finance (taxes/tolls), public versus private transport; Emphasis on San Francisco Bay Area and California. 

Comparative Global Transportation (Geog 435): Case studies of mobility in cities and around the world; What can San Francisco learn from other cities and metropolitan regions? Car ownership, bicycles, rail and bus transit, parking, finance, political culture, green mobility and decarbonization.

Bicycle Geographies (Geog 437): Why bicycle? What are opportunities for increased cycling? How can SF State and the Bay Area increase cycling? History, debates, planning, politics, culture, and bicycle field trips!  

Land Use Planning (Geog 658) :Urban planning and global warming, sprawl and density, environmental review, parking, zoning, planning process. How compact cities can contribute to rapid and accelerated decarbonization.  

Graduate Seminar (858):Seminar in Transportation, Land Use, and Environment

Web page: https://geog.sfsu.edu/person/jason