Fields of Study: International Relations, Environmental Politics and Policy, and Comparative Politics
About: Jenna Bloxom is a doctoral candidate who received her B.A. in political science and Spanish at Wake Forest University and her Master’s degree in Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona. Bloxom’s past research scholarships have taken her to four countries in the Western hemisphere to conduct fieldwork and have resulted in original research regarding the broader political and socio-economic effects of water privatization in developing states, the consequences of various political management choices of water resources, and the evolving regional and international power dynamics regarding biodiesel from both micro-algae and African palm oil. Bloxom currently centers her research on the international political economy of energy, the future of renewable fuels, and the impacts of bio-based fuels on natural resource management, particularly with respect to the water-energy nexus. Her dissertation examines the viability and logistics of the emerging global production network associated with synthetic, paraffinic bio-based aviation fuel and the role of U.S. innovation in shaping this nascent commodity. In conjunction with her focus on the political and policy-based implications of the production and utilization of renewable fuels and green hydrocarbons, Bloxom is also educated at the doctoral level in the technical and scientific realities of bio-based energy through her training as a research fellow in the National Science Foundation’s IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) program. Since completing her multi-disciplinary training fellowship, she now acts as an instructor for the IGERT program and works with scientists and engineers to convey the importance of policies shaping prospective energy opportunities at the national and global level. She also teaches Introduction to International Relations to undergraduates and recently published a case study in the book, Local Economic Development and the Environment (2013).