Jesse grew up just outside of Philadelphia, PA. Since graduating highschool he has lived in Saratoga Springs, NY; The Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado; and Austin, TX. Outside work Jesse is a passionate skier and hiker.

Jesse Ritner is a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental and U.S. History at the University of Texas at Austin.

His work explores themes including the relationship between environment, technology, science, and climate adaption. His dissertation, “Managing Snow: Weather, Technology, and the Rise of the U.S. Ski Industry,” examines how snowmaking, avalanche science, and meteorological advancements fundamentally changed how the ski industry functioned, who skied, and the environments resorts inhabited. Furthermore, Jesse’s project seeks to bring Indigenous, Black, and Latinx actors into the history of skiing.