Thomas E. Sheridan

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Professor of Anthropology, Research Anthropologist (Southwest Center)

Telephone: 

520.621.5088

Fax: 

520.621.9922

Office: 

Southwest Center, Little Chapel of All Nations

I currently hold a joint appointment in the Southwest Center and the Department of Anthropology and have conducted ethnographic and ethnohistoric research in the Southwest and Northern Mexico since 1971. I directed the Mexican Heritage Project at the Arizona Historical Society from 1982-1984, and was Director of the Office of Ethnohistorical Research at ASM from 1997 to 2003.

I teach four courses: Southwest Land & Society (ANTH 418/518), Anthropology of Rural Mexico (ANTH 423/523), Anthropology & History (ANTH 696B), and Conservation & Community (ANTH 696B).

Since 1997, I've been involved in landuse politics in Arizona and the Southwest. I served as Chair of the Canoa Heritage Foundation, and have been heavily involved in Pima County's visionary Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan since 1998, chairing the Ranch Conservation Technical Advisory Team. I was President of the Anthroplogy & Environment Section of the American Anthropological Association from 2003 to 2005.

Important publications include LOS TUCSONENSES: THE MEXICAN COMMUNITY OF TUCSON, 1854-1941 (UA Press, 1986); WHERE THE DOVE CALLS: THE POLITICAL ECOLOGY OF A PEASANT CORPORATE COMMUNITY IN NORWESTERN MEXICO (UA Press 1988); ARIZONA: A HISTORY (UA Press 1995);and LANDSCAPES OF FRAUD: MISSION TUMACACORI, THE BACA FLOAT, AND THE BETRAYAL OF THE O'ODHAM (UA Press 2006).

Degree(s): 

Ph.D. Arizona, 1983

Research Interests: 

Anthropology & History; Conservation & Community; Production of Space; Wilderness and Working Landscapes; Common Property Theory; Ranching, Urbanization, and Environmentalism; Political Ecology of American West; Political Ecology of Northern Mexico; Ethnology & Ethnohistory of Southwest