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Wendy Jepson
Wendy Jepson
Phone:
(979) 458-2224
Email:
wjepson@tamu.edu
Office:
CSA 201B
Address:

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


Degrees:

Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, 2003
M.A., Geography, Syracuse University, 1997
B.A., History and Geography (Honors), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994

Awards:
  • Enhancing Diversity Award, Association of American Geographers, 2015
  • Richard Stadelmen Faculty Senate Service Award, Texas A&M University Faculty Senate, 2013
  • Montague Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar, College of Geosciences, Texas A&M University, 2006-2007, including a $5,000 grant for undergraduate education, 2006

Links:

http://wendyjepson.net/

Link to Google Scholar

Wendy Jepson

Professor

Research Interests

I am a broadly trained geographer interested in human-environmental interaction.  My current theoretical interests address political ecology and environmental governance with particular focus on environmental justice and water resources in the United States and Latin America. 

My current research project addresses urban water provision and household water security, with particular interest in political, economic and social production of environmental inequities in marginalized neighborhoods in the US (Texas) and Brazil (Ceará). I was awarded research grants from the National Science Foundation and Fulbright Commission to support this line of inquiry.  I also lead the Texas A&M Water Security Initiative (http://h2osecurity.net), an outcome of the university’s Environmental Grand Challenge Program. 

Past research documented and explained the complex economic and political processes that caused agricultural expansion and land-cover change in the Brazilian Cerrado, the world's most biodiverse tropical savanna. I also have studied the rise of new energy systems and local communities in West Texas. 

My research interest in water governance and water security contribute to my engagement with students at all levels, whether as part of the Geosciences Service-Learning project, Research Experience for Undergraduates, or new study abroad in Costa Rica. 

Students interested in pursing graduate work on water governance and water security under my supervision can send me a CV, brief statement on research interests, and GRE scores (if available). 

Selected Publications

  • Jepson, Wendy, Jessica Budds, Emma Norman, Amber Wutich, Kathleen O'Reilly, Sameer H. Shah, Leila Harris, Jamie Shinn, and Sera Young (2017) "Advancing Water Security for Human Development: A Relational Perspective" Water Security 1(1) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wasec.2017.07.001? 
  • Jepson, Wendy, Amber Wutich, Godfred Boeteng, Shalean Collins, and Sera Young. (2017) “Progress in Household Water Insecurity Metrics: A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective in the Social Sciences” WIREs Water 4(3) 
  • Jepson, Wendy and Emily Vandewalle (2016) "Household Water Insecurity in the Global North: A Study of Rural and Peri-urban Settlements on the Texas-Mexico Border" The Professional Geographer 68 (1) 66-81 
  • Christian Brannstrom, Mary Tilton, Andrew Klein, Wendy Jepson (2015) “Spatial Distribution of Estimated Wind-Power Royalties in West Texas,” LAND 4(4), 1182-1199 
  • Vandewalle, Emily and Wendy Jepson (2015) “Mediating Water Governance: Point-of-use Water Filtration Devices for Low-income Communities on the US-Mexico border" GEO: Geography and Environment 2(9) 107-121 
  • Jepson, Wendy and Christian Brannstrom. (2015) “Techno-nature the Scalar Politics of Water Governance in South Texas” in E. Norman, C. Cook, and A. Cohen (eds) Negotiating Scale in Water Governance (London: Ashgate Publications), 152-177. 
  • Jepson, Wendy and Heather Lee Brown (2014) “ ‘If No Gasoline, No Water’: Privatizing Drinking Water Quality in South Texas Colonias.” Environment and Planning A 46 (5): 1032-1048. 
  • Jepson, Wendy. (2014) “Measuring ‘No-Win’ Waterscapes: Experience-based Scales and Classification Approaches to Assess Household Water Security in Colonias on the US-Mexico Border” Geoforum 51: 107-120 
  • Jepson, Wendy, Christian Brannstrom, and Nicole Persons (2012) “ ‘We Don’t Take the Pledge’: Environmentality and Environmental Skepticism in the Epicenter of US Wind Energy Development” Geoforum (43): 851-863 
  • Jepson, Wendy. (2012) “Claiming Space, Claiming Water: Contested Legal Geographies of Water Conflict in South Texas” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 102(3): 614-631 

Additional Information

Grants

  • U.S. Fulbright Scholar, 2016-2017, Brazil
  • National Science Foundation, “Urban Water Provisioning Systems and Household Water Security” (Geography and Spatial Science 2016-2019, $254,000)
  • Glasscock Faculty Fellowship, "Colonias Biopolitics: Mobilizing a 'Health Crisis' for Water Development," Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, Texas A&M University, 2013-2014
  • National Science Foundation, "Household water security in low income, rural and peri-urban communities in south Texas" (#0924232, Geography and Spatial Science, 9/2009-2/2013)
  • Wind Energy Initiative, "Socio-economic impacts of wind energy," subcontract with NextEra Energy Resources/TCU, with Christian Brannstrom (TAMU), 1/09-12/11

Current and Former Students

  • ​Cutter González, MS Geography, Chair
  • Amy Truong MS, Water Management and Hydrological Sciences Program, Chair
  • Kelli Condina, MS, Geography, Chair
  • Swetha, Peteru, Ph.D., Geography, 2016, Chair
  • Tianna Bruno, MS Geography, 2016, Chair (PhD Program, Geography, University of Oregon)
  • Heather Lee, Ph.D., Geography, 2016, Chair (Adjunct Professor, Geography, University of Richmond)
  • Audrey Joslin, Ph.D., Geography, 2015, Chair (Assistant Professor, Geography Kansas State University)
  • Emily Vandewalle, MS Geography, 2014, Chair (Good Samaritan Community Services, San Antonio)
  • Abhineety Goel, Ph.D., Geography, 2013, Chair (Post-Doc, Dr. Kathleen O'Reilly)

Current Students at the Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza

  • Paula Tomaz, Doctoral Candidate, Geography ( Co-Advisor with Dr. Jader Santos) 
  • Adnna Silva, Doctoral Candidate, Geography (Co-Advisor with Dr. Marta Celina Salas) 
  • Caroline Lima, MS Student, Geography (Co-Advisor with Dr. Jader Santos) 
  • Marcelo Henrique Soares, MS Student, Geography (Co-Advisor with Dr. Jader Santos) 

 

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