Dr. Scott Whiteford is the Director of the Mexican Initiative for SBS and Emeritus Professor, Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona. He served as the Director of Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Michigan State University and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona. His research interests include: international migration, violence, power, human rights, research methods and political ecology of water. He has carried out research in 8 Latin American countries and the Unites States. While at Michigan State University he was awarded prestigious teaching and research awards. He has won collaborative grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for Humanities, The U.S. Department of Education, the Willian and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Ford Foundation, CEPAL, and the Fulbright Commission. In collaboration with colleagues, he has written and edited 14 books, published in Spanish and English, based on long-term research.
Ph.D. in Anthropology University of Texas, Austin, 1977.
Research in Latin America that integrates:
- Issues in Economic Development
- Political Ecology
- Social Movements and Power
Most recent research has been collaborative with colleagues from Argentina, Mexico, and the U.S./Mexico border.
Previous research was in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Ecuador.
At Michigan State University, where Dr. Whiteford taught before moving to the University of Arizona, Dr. Whiteford was presented the Teacher-Scholar Award, Outstanding Mentor Award and the Distinguished Lecturer Award by the Central States Anthropology Society.
At the University of Arizona, Dr. Whiteford teaches two graduate seminars for the Center, “Migration, Inequality and Borders of the Americas” and Qualitative Research Methods. He is co-teaching a new undergraduate colloquium on the U.S./Mexico border.