Faculty Members

Joseph Wilder's picture
Joseph Wilder
Director, Southwest Center; Editor, Journal of the Southwest; Professor of Practice
Email: jwilder@u.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-2484

Joseph Wilder is director of The Southwest Center and editor and publisher of the regional quarterly, Journal of the Southwest. He was raised in Tucson, in a family with territorial roots, his mother being born in Globe in 1910. After high school, he spent a gap year in Amsterdam, the...
[more information]

Maribel Alvarez's picture
Maribel Alvarez
Associate Research Social Scientist and Associate Research Professor
Email: alvarezm@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-626-6694

Maribel Alvarez, Ph.D., is an anthropologist, folklorist, curator, and community arts expert who has documented the practice of more than a dozen of the country’s leading emerging and alternative artistic organizations. She holds a dual appointment as Associate Research Professor in the School...
[more information]

Jeffrey Banister's picture
Jeffrey Banister
Associate Research Social Scientist, Associate Editor, and Associate Research Professor
Email: banister@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-2484
Office: Southwest Center

Jeffrey Banister is associate editor and research social scientist in the Southwest Center, and associate research professor in the School of Geography and Development.  As associate editor of Journal of the Southwest, Banister has built on the university’s tradition of collaborative...
[more information]

Kristie Miller's picture
Kristie Miller
Research Associate
Email: kristiem@email.arizona.edu

Kristie Miller is a historian and author and research asociate in the Southwest Center.

[more information]
Gary Nabhan's picture
Gary Nabhan
Research Social Scientist
Email: gpnabhan@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-5774
Office: Southwest Center

Gary Nabhan, Ph.D., W.K. Kellogg Chair in Southwest Borderlands Food and Water Security,  is an ethnobiologist, agroecologist, conservation biologist and cultural geographer trained at the University of Arizona and Prescott College. He is author or editor of 26 books translated into 6 languages...
[more information]

Emma Perez's picture
Emma Perez
Research Social Scientist
Email: emmaperez@email.arizona.edu

Dr. Emma Perez earned a PH.D. in history from UCLA and taught in the Department of History at the University of Texas, El Paso from 1990 to 2003, where she also functioned as Chair. From 2003 to 2017, she taught in the Department of Ethnic Studies at University of Colorado, Boulder, also serving...
[more information]

Robin Reineke's picture
Robin Reineke
Assistant Research Social Scientist
Email: rreineke@email.arizona.edu


Robin C. Reineke is Assistant Research Social Scientist  at the Southwest Center, and is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Colibri Center for Human Rights. Her research and teaching interests, centered in anthropology, include forensics...
[more information]

Thomas Sheridan's picture
Thomas Sheridan
Research Anthropologist
Email: tes@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 621-5088
Office: Southwest Center

Thomas E. Sheridan, Ph.D., is Research Anthropologist at the Southwest Center and Professor of Anthropology in the University of Arizona School of Anthropology. Tom has conducted ethnographic and ethnohistoric research in the Southwest and northern Mexico since 1971. He directed the Mexican...
[more information]

David Yetman's picture
David Yetman
Research Social Scientist
Email: dyetman@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-2484

David Yetman is research social scientist and has been at the Southwest Center since 1992. He received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 1972. Yetman’s research has been primarily directed towards the state of Sonora, its indigenous people, their history, and how they...
[more information]