Ben McMahan

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Assistant Research Professor, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology & Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS)

Areas of Study

US Gulf Coast (LA, TX)
Southwest US (AZ, NM)
US/Mexico Borderlands

Research Interests

  • Human interactions in dynamic social and environmental contexts,
  • Risk perception and landscape changes during and after disaster, and
  • Social network and policy responses to governance issues related to the acute threats of disaster; as they layer onto long term environmental issues and landscape scale changes.  


Research Interests: Community level preparedness and disaster prevention, production/use/modification of nature/space/place, social memory of epidemics and ecological change, social networks and flows within/between local/global networks, GIS and participatory mapping within the ethnographic context.