Joel Wainwright


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Interests: Political Economy of Development, Environmental and Agrarian Change, Social Theory

Current Research: I study political economy, development, social theory, and environmental change.

Courses Taught:
International Studies 5597.01- Introduction to Development Studies
Geography 3701-The Making of the Modern World
Geography 5801- Environmental Conservation
Geography 5700-Geography of Development
Geography Graduate Seminars in human geography and social theory

Select Publications:


J. Wainwright. 2012. Geopiracy: Oaxaca, militant empiricism, and geographical thought. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

J. Wainwright. 2008. Decolonizing development: colonial power and the Maya. Oxford: Blackwell Press.


J. Wainwright and G. Mann. 2013."Climate Leviathan." Antipode 45(1), 1-22. A symposium on this paper is accessible at the Antipode foundation website

K. Karatani and J. Wainwright. 2012. 'Critique is impossible without moves': an interview with Kōjin Karatani." Dialogues in Human Geography 2(1), 30-52.

K. Mercer, H. Perales and J. Wainwright. 2012. "Climate change and the transgenic adaptation strategy: smallholder livelihoods, climate justice, and maize landraces in Mexico." Global Environmental Change 22(2), 495-504.

Areas of Expertise
  • Political Economy of Development
  • Environmental and Agrarian Change
  • Social Theory
  • Ph.D., 2003 Geography (minor in sustainable agriculture), University of Minnesota
  • M.A., 1998 Geography, University of Minnesota
  • B. A., (Honors), 1995 Environmental Studies, Bucknell University,
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