James B. Greenberg

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Professor of Anthropology & Research Anthropologist (BARA)






Geronimo Building, Room 324

Office Hours: 

T, TH 11-12 or by appointment

Editor,Journal of Political Ecology.


Ph.D. U of Michigan, 1978

Research Interests: 

The political ecology; anthropology of credit, development, and local forms of capital.

Selected Publications: 


Weaver, Thomas, James B. Greenberg, Anne Browning, William Alexander, (editors). 2012. Neoliberalism and Commodity Production in Mexico. University of Colorado Press.

Biersack, Aletta, and James B. Greenberg. 2006. Reimagining Political Ecology, Duke University Press, with Aletta Biersack, 419 pp. Ebook 2009; Second printing 2012.

Greenberg, James B. 1989. Blood Ties: Life and Violence in Rural Mexico. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 288 pp. [1992 Second edition, Paper back edition]

Greenberg, James B. 1981. Santiago's Sword: Chatino Peasant Religion and Economics. Berkeley: University of California Press, 227 pp. [Spanish translation: 1988 Religion y Economia de los Chatinos. México: Instituto Nacional Indigenista.].   

Selected Articles and Chapters 

Greenberg, James B. 2004. Medio Mileno de Credito entre los Mixes de Oaxaca. Cuadernos del Sur. México, Num 10, pp. 31-50.  

Greenberg, J.B. 1998. The Tragedy of Commoditization: The political ecology of the Colorado River delta's destruction. Research in Economic Anthropology, Vol. 19: 133-14

Greenberg, James B. 1997. Caciques, Patronage, Factionalism, and Variations among Local Forms of Capitalism. In Citizens of the Pyramid: Essays on Mexican Political Culture,  Edited by Wil G. Pansters. Thela Publishers, Amsterdam. pp. 337-362. 

Greenberg, James B. 1995. Capital, Ritual, and the Boundaries of Closed Corporate Communities. In Articulating Hidden Histories., Edited by Rayna Rapp and Jane Schneider. University of California Press., pp. 67-81

Courses Taught: 


Anth 507 Foundatons of Applied Anthropology

Anth 550 Anthropology of Credit

Anth 611 Ecological Anthropology 


Recent Projects

Operational Assessment of Oxfam’s ‘Savings for Change’ microcredit model in Mali. [with Mamadou Baro]

Snail Paces:  The Political and Cultural Ecology of the Dye-Producing Snail Plicopurpura Columellaris in Oaxaca, Mexico. [With Raphael Sagarin]

A Bi-national Assessment of the Disease Burden of Tuberculosis in Mexican Indigenous Migrant Communities in Sonora and Arizona. [With Thomas Weaver]

Work in Progress

Hidden Interests: The Anthropology of Credit [With Thomas K. Park] 



Areas of Study: 

Southwest US
Mexico & Mesoamerica
Latin America & the Caribbean