Dr. 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.
• Environmental Anthropology
• Political Ecology
• Coastal conservation and development
• Political ecology of coastal transformation
• The Baja California peninsula
• Marine Protected Areas
• The California Coast
• 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
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.
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
Anderson, R. Landscapes of Wealth and Desire. (2011) OAC Working Papers Series #9. ISSN
Select Online Publications
Anderson, R. Sustainability is everything—and nothing. (2015) Savage Minds.
Anderson, R. The politics of (uneven) development on the East Cape of Baja California Sur,
Mexico. (2012) Anthropologies #15.
Anderson, R. Value, social conflict, and tourism. (2011) Savage Minds.
Coastal development on the East Cape of Baja California Sur,
Mexico. 2012. Photo: Ryan Anderson.