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Department ofAnthropology

Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson

Associate Professor

Ryan Anderson is a cultural and environmental anthropologist. His current research focuses on coastal conservation, sustainability, and development along the California coast (in Mexico and the US). His doctoral work explored the politics of development and conservation in Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Research Interests

• Environmental Anthropology
• Political Ecology
• Coastal conservation and development
• Political ecology of coastal transformation
• The Baja California peninsula
• Marine Protected Areas
• The California Coast
• Photography
• Open Access Publishing

  • PhD Anthropology University of Kentucky, 2014
  • MA Anthropology San Diego State University, 2009
  • BA Anthropology UC Santa Cruz, 2006
Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • Anderson, R. Roads, value, and dispossession in Baja California Sur, Mexico. (2017) Economic Anthropology 4:7-21.
  • Anderson, R. Islands within an almost island: History, myth, and aislamiento in Baja California, Mexico. (2016) Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures 10(1):33-47.
  • Anderson, R. Sustainability, ideology, and the politics of development in Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur, Mexico. (2015) Journal of Political Ecology 22: 239-254.
  • Jackson, J. B. and R. Anderson. Anthropology and Open Access. (2014) Cultural Anthropology, Volume 29(2):236-263.
Editor-Reviewed Publications
  • Anderson, R. Climate Skepticism, Denial, and the Question of Belief. (2017) EnviroSociety.

  • Anderson, R. Hope versus critical awareness? Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything and the Politics of Climate Change in the Classroom. (2015) Anthropology News.

  • Anderson, R. From one place to another. (2013) Anthropology of Work Review, Volume 34(2):91-93.

  • Anderson, R. Landscapes of Wealth and Desire. (2011) OAC Working Papers Series #9. ISSN 2045-5763.
Select Online Publications

Coastal development on the East Cape of Baja California Sur, Mexico. 2012. Photo: Ryan Anderson.


In The News

March/April, 2021

Ryan Anderson weighs in on the rise of tourism on Palomar Mountain and the birth of western tourism.