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Jennifer Devine

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Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2013
Office: ELA 336
Phone: 512.245.3937
Vita     HB2504 information
Personal Website
Research Interests: Human-environmental relations, Latin American - US politics, critical social theory



2022. Devine, J.A. "Trajectories of Globalization in Guatemala's Maya Biosphere  Reserve," in Critical Ethnography as Geography:  Working Concepts with Gill Hart, S. Chari, M. Sampson and M. Hunter (Eds.), Wits Press, in press.

2021. Tellman, B., K. McSweeney, J.A. Devine, L. Manak, A. Dávila, E. Nielsen "Beyond narco-deforestation:  the influence of narcotrafficking on land tenure, control, and ownership in Honduras and Guatemala, "Journal of Illicit Economies and Development, Special Issue on "Environmental Impacts of Illicit Economies, "

2021. Devine, J. A., H. Legatzke, M. Butler, L. Sauls. "Dispossession: Slow Violence in the Tourism Industry," invited chapter in S. O'Lear (Ed.) Geographies of Slow Violence: A Research Agenda. Edward Elgar Publish Ltd, pp. 73 - 88.

2021. Devine, J. A., D. Wrathall, B. Aguilar, K. Benessaiah, B. Tellman, D. Adrievskikh, "Narco-Degradation:  Drug Trafficking and Environmental Degradation in Central America's Protected Areas," invited submission for a World Development, Special Issue on "Illicit Drivers of Rural Land Use Change in Latin America,"

2021. Blue, S., J.A. Devine, M. P. Ruiz, K. McDaniel, A. Hartsell, C. Pierce, M. Johnson, A. Tinglov, M. Yang, W. Wu, S. Moya, E. Cross, C. A. Starnes, "COVID-19 in the Camps: (Im)mobility at the US-Mexico border during a Global Pandemic,  "Social Sciences Special Issue on "Human Rights and Displaced People in Exceptional Times," 10, 47, 1 - 17,

2020. Devine, J., D. Ojeda, M. Yei "Formaciones actuales de lo campesino en América Latina: Subjetividades y territorios en disputa (Current dynamics of the Latin America peasantry: Subjectivities and disputed territories),"Antipoda: Jornada de Anthropología y Arqueología, available:

2020. Wrathall, D., J. Devine, B. Aquilar-Gonzalez, B. Tellman, K. Benessaiah, "The impacts of cocaine trafficking on conservation governance in Central America, "Global Environmental Change, available:

2020. B. Tellman, S. Sesnie, N. Magliocca, E. Nielsen, J. Devine, K. McSweeney, D. Wrathall, B. Aquilar - González, J. Bryan, K. Benessaiah, M. Jain, "Accounting for "illicit" activity in land use change: Narcotrafficking and forest loss in Central America,” Global Environmental Change, available:

2020. Devine, J., N. Currit, Y. Reygadas, L. Liller, G. Allen. "Drug Trafficking, Cattle Ranching and Land Use Change in Guatemala's Maya Biosphere, "Land Use Policy, available:

  • Nominated for an Elsevier May 2020 Atlas award dedicated to UN Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on Land

2020. Devine, J. and J. Baca, "The Political Forest: Special Issue Introduction,"Antipode, available:

2019. N.R. Magliocca, Kendra McSweeney, S. Sesnie, E. Tellman, J.A. Devine, E.A. Nielsen, Z. Pearson, D.J. Wrathall, " NarcoLogic:  Spatial structure and adaption of transnational cocaine trafficking networks" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116 (16), pp. 7784 - 7792.

2018. Devine, J., D. Wrathall., N. Currit, B. Tellman, Y. Reygadas "Narco-cattle ranching in Guatemala's Political Forests,"Antipode, available,

2018. Devine, J., "Community Forest Concessionaires: Resisting Green Grabs and Producing Political Subjects in Guatemala,"Journal of Peasant Studies, 45 (3), pp. 565 - 584.

2017. McSweeney, K., N. Richani, Z. Pearson, J. Devine, D. Wrathall. "Why do drug traffickers invest in rural land?" Journal of Latin American Geography, 16 (2), pp. 3 - 29.

2017. Devine, J. and D. Ojeda, "Violence and dispossession in tourism development: a critical geographical approach," Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 25 (5), pp. 605 - 617.

2017. Devine, J., "Colonizing Space, Commodifying Place: Tourism's Violent Geographies," Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 25(5), pp. 634 - 650.

2016. Devine, J., "Contesting Global Heritage in the Chicle Worker's Museum," Latin America Research Review, vol. 51, no. 3, pp. 101 - 122.

2016. Devine, J., "The Politics of Post-War Tourism in Guatemala: Contested Identities, Histories, and Futures," L'Espace Politique, DOI : 10.4000/espacepolitique.3723 (online journal, no page numbers, full length article)

2014. Devine, J., "Counterinsurgency Eco-tourism," Environment & Planning D, Society and Space, 32, 6, pp. 984 - 1001.

2013. Devine, J., "Tourism and Socio-Cultural Change in Latin America," Tourism Tribune (Lu You Xue Kan), vol. 28, no. 12, pp. 6 - 7.

2011. Barker, D., Bond, A., Devine, J., Jarosz, J., Lawson, V., Nelson, L., and P. Nelson in Seattle Geographies, M. Brown and R. Morrill (Eds.), UW Press, pp. 71 -86.

2009. Devine, J., "The Mayan Spirit: Tourism & Multiculturalism in Post Peace Accords Guatemala," London Journal of Tourism, Sport & Creative Industries, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 30 - 45.

2006. Devine, J., "Hardworking Newcomers versus Generations of Poverty," Antipode, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 953 - 976.

Courses Taught:

Geography 3340: Political Geography
Geography 5300: Applied Research Design and Techniques
Geography 5395/7373: Qualitative Methods
Geography 5395/7373: Political Geography