Thomas E. Sheridan

Research Anthropologist, Southwest Center

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.

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.

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