Timothy J. Finan (On Sabbatical Fall 2017)

About Timothy J. Finan (On Sabbatical Fall 2017)

Tim Finan has been on the faculty of the University of Arizona since 1981, when he joined the then Bureau of Ethnic Studies (BER) as a research associate.  He was part of the transition of  BER to the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropologyd (BARA) in 1983 as an assistant research anthropologist.  From 1994 - 2009, he served as the Director of BARA and is currently a research anthropologist in BARA and as a professor (non-tenured) in the School of Anthropology.  Tim graduated from the University of Detroit with a BA degree in Literature and History, then joined the Peace Corps in Ceará, Northeast Brazil from 1970-1974. He has maintained an active research program in Brazil over the last 20 years, and has worked as a development anthropologist in 34 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. In 2011, he founded the Master's in Development Practice program at the University of Arizona and he remains active in development theory and  practice.  He teaches the undergraduate course Anthropology and Development and several graduate courses on methodology and global change. 

Selected Publications

1997      Waiting for Rain: Agriculture and Ecological Imbalance in Cape Verde (with Mark W. Langworthy) Boulder, CO: Lynne-Rienner Publishers

2017      Cooperatives, Grassroots Development, and Social Change: Experiences from Rural Latin America, eds. M. Vásquez-León, Brian J. Burke, and Timothy J. Finan. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.  

2009      “Mapping the road to development: a methodology for inclusion and scaling-up of participation in policy processes,” with Donald R. Nelson and Marcelo Folhes, Development in Practice 19(3): 386-95

2009      “Praying for Drought: Persistent Vulnerability and the Politics of Power in Ceará, Northeast Brazil,” with Donald R. Nelson, American Anthropologist  Vol. 111, Issue 3, pp. 302–316

2009     "Global Change and Adaptation in Local Places" with Donald R. Nelson and Colin T. West, American Anthropologist Vol. 111, Issue 3, pp. 271–274

 

2014      Nelson, Donald R., Francisco de Assis de Souza Filho, Timothy J. Finan, and Susana Ferreira. "Trajectories of Adaptation: A Retrospectus for Future Dynamics." In Social-Ecological Systems in Transition, edited by Shoko Sakai and Chieko Umetsu, 121-136. Japan: Springer.

2015      “Storm Warnings: An Anthropological Focus on Community Resilience in the Face of Climate Change in Southern Bangladesh,” with Md. Ashiqur Rahman.  In S.A. Crate and M. Nuttall, eds., Anthropology and Climate Change.  From Actions to Transformations.  Second Edition.  New York: Routledge

2017     “Introduction: Smallholder Cooperativism as a Development Strategy in Latin America” (with Marcela Vásquez-León and Brian J. Burke) In Cooperatives, Grassroots Development, and Social Change: Experiences from Rural Latin America, eds. M. Vásquez-León, Brian J. Burke, and Timothy J. Finan.  Tucson: University of Arizona Press,  pp. 3-18

2017     “Cooperativism in Brazil: The Development Context”.  In Cooperatives, Grassroots Development, and Social Change: Experiences from Rural Latin America, eds. M. Vásquez-León, Brian J. Burke, and Timothy J. Finan.  Tucson: University of Arizona Press, pp.  85-88

2017     “Atotori: The Discourse and Practice of Sustainability in the Amazon Rain Forest” (with Jessica Piekielek). In Cooperatives, Grassroots Development, and Social Change: Experiences from Rural Latin America, eds. M. Vásquez-León, Brian J. Burke, and Timothy J. Finan. Tucson:  University of Arizona Press, pp. 100-11

2017     “Sharecroppers Transformed: The Case of the Cooperativa dos Produtores do Curupati-Peixe (CPCP)” (with Luis S. Barros).  In  Cooperatives, Grassroots Development, and Social Change: Experiences from Rural Latin America, eds. M. Vásquez-León, Brian J. Burke, and Timothy J. Finan.  Tucson: University of Arizona Press, pp. 112-20

2017     Solidarity, Tension, and Change Along the Amazon River: The Case of ASCOPE” in Cooperatives, Grassroots Development, and Social Change: Experiences from Rural Latin America, eds. M. Vásquez-León, Brian J. Burke, and Timothy J. Finan.  Tucson:  University of Arizona Press, pp. 121-32  

 

Courses Taught

Anthropology and Development

Mixed Methods in Social Science Research

Quantitative Analysis for Development

Global Change Workshop

Areas of Study

Ceará, Northeast Brazil

Maranhão, Brazil

Sub-Saharan Africa

Southwest Asia (Bangladesh and India)

Nepal

Jamaica

 

Projects

PROVOZ: Clientelism, Citizenship and Democracy in the Urban Periphery of Fortaleza, Brazil

Decentalized Governance and Adaptation of Climate Change in Rural Mali

IRAP:  International Research on Climate Applications (Jamaica, Bangladesh, Bihar)

Research Interests

In the general area of development anthropology and applied anthropology, my interests focus on the interaction of society and environment, including livelihoods analysis, vulnerability, resilience, adaptation to climate change.  In particular, I work on the impacts of governance on adaptation and poverty alleviation.  I have maintained a continuous research program in Northeast Brazil since 1998, and have studied climate change issues in Sahelian Africa and Bangladesh. 

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Contact Information

Professor of Anthropology, Research Anthropologist (BARA)
Telephone: 520.270.3346
Office: Geronimo 300

Degree(s)

Ph.D. Arizona, 1981, Cultural Anthropology (major), Agricultural Economics (minor)

M.A Arizona, 1975, Cultural Anthropology

University of Detroit, 1969, Literature and History

Dissertation Title

Middleman Processes in a Peasant Market System in Northeast Brazil