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Department ofAnthropology

Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson

Assistant 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

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.