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Jayme Walenta
Jayme Walenta
(979) 845-7141
CSA 205D

810 O&M Building

Department of Geography
Texas A&M University
MS 3147
College Station, Texas 77843-3147


Ph.D. Geography, University of British Columbia
M.A. Geography, University of Kentucky
B.A. Economics, University of Texas at Austin


2003-2008 University of British Columbia, Ph.D. Tuition Award

2005 Geographic perspectives on women specialty group of the American Association of Geographers (AAG), Honorable Mention Paper Award

2004-2007 University of British Columbia, Special UBC Graduate Scholarship

2004-2005 University of British Columbia, University Graduate Fellowship


GEOG 201: Introduction to Human Geography

GEOG 304: Economic Geography

GEOG 330: Environment & Resources

GEOG 380: Projects in Environmental Studies

Jayme Walenta

Visiting Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Jayme Walenta studies how economic institutions shape human-environment interactions. Broadly, she is concerned by how economic growth and environmental protection are made mutually compatible. Her current research examines this forged compatibility as it relates to the business response to climate change. At the moment, she is investigating the varied technical devices and calculation practices used to commodify climate change and make it commensurable with business logics. An example of this is the corporate carbon footprint, a calculation tool that renders climate change impacts knowable and manageable for companies. The origins for this research derive from her experience as a carbon management consultant, a role she took on following her Ph.D., and from her longstanding interest in how businesses integrate an environmental ethic into their everyday practice.

As a teacher, Jayme strives to create participatory and experiential learning moments for her students, getting them involved in the learning process through hands on, field-oriented research projects. Doing this shifts the site where academic knowledge is produced and applied. Jayme also prioritizes integrating critical theory into the classroom to demonstrate that human geographical phenomenon, such as globalization and de-industrialization, are inextricably linked to race, class and gender. This exposes students to a diversity of viewpoints, and asks them to consider questions of equity and justice.

Selected Publications

Forthcoming Calvez, K.*, Miller, C.*, Thomas, L.*, Vazquez, D.*, & Walenta, J. “The University as a Site of Food Insecurity: evaluating the foodscape of Texas A&M University’s main campus”, The Southwestern Geographer.   [*TAMU undergraduate student]

Forthcoming Walenta, J., K. Auld*, A. Boggs*, T. Glasgow*, and A. Randal* ‘Environmental Focused Experimental Learning: what a university class on dumpster diving taught us about sustainable futures’ in P. Blaze Corcoran, J. Weakland, and A. Wals Eds. (2017) Envisioning Futures for Environmental and Sustainability Education. Wageningen, the Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers. [*TAMU undergraduate student]

2015 Walenta, J. “Corporate Personhood and the Corporate Body: the case of former energy giant Enron on trial for fraud” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Vol.33 (3): 545 – 559.

2015 Walenta, J. “Becoming Carbon Neutral: evaluating carbon neutrality certifications as a tool for reducing climate change impacts and securing financial livelihoods Sustainability: the Journal of Record. Vol. 8(3): 121 – 126.

2010 Barnes, T. and Walenta, J. ‘Economic Geography’ entry for The Encyclopedia of Geography, Vol. 2 (ed.) B. Warf. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Pp. 848-852.

2007 Walenta, J. Book Review of Mutual Life, Limited by Bill Maurer, Environment and Planning A. 39(2).

2006 Walenta, J. “Corporate bodies of desire: an investigation into the ‘Women of Enron” Gender, Place and Culture. Vol. 13(4), 437-453.

2006 Walenta, J. Book Review of Redundant Masculinities? by Linda McDowell, Annals of the Association of American Geographers 96(1), 205-206.

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