About Jeffrey Banister
I am 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, I work to build on the university’s tradition of collaborative investigation and publication in the social and natural sciences and humanities with Mexican institutions. Much of this includes acquiring, translating, editing, and publishing scholarship from Mexican researchers in an effort to bring critical scholarship in and on Mexico into the English language bibliography. My research and teaching focus primarily on resource governance and politics in the US-Mexico borderlands, Mexico, and Latin America. My most recent project, in collaboration with UA professor of art history, Dr. Stacie Widdifield, explores the visual culture of water control and provision in Mexico City from the early to middle twentieth century. This is an interdisciplinary investigation of the Mexican capital’s large potable water system constructed at a crucial phase of national modernization.
Political geography; visual culture and infrastructure; water politics; illegal geographies; Mexico/Latin America
American Council of Learned Societies Collaborative Research Fellow (2014-2015): The Visual Culture and Politics of Water Control in Mexico City
Deluges of Grandeur: Water, Power, and Territory on Sonora’s Río Mayo (book manuscript--University of Arizona Press)
Political Geography of Megaprojects in Mexico
States and Illegal Geographies
Forthcoming "The Shifting Geopolitics of Water in the Anthropocene." Geopolitics. (A. Clarke-Sather, B. Crow-Miller, J.M. Banister, K. Anh Thomas, S. R. Stephensen).
2016 Building Cities, Constructing Citizens: Sustainable Rural Cities in Chiapas, Mexico. Journal of Latin American Geography 15(1): 111-131 (V. Soto and J.M. Banister). DOI: 10.1353/lag.2016.0004
2015 Seeing Water in Early-20th Century Mexico City: Henry Wellge’s “Perspective Plan of the City and Valley of Mexico, D.F., 1906.” Forthcoming (October 2015) Anales del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, UNAM.
2015 Introduction to special issue of Territory, Politics, Governance on illicit economies and the geographies of enforcement (Forthcoming, J.M. Banister, Geoffrey A. Boyce, and Jeremy Slack).
2015 You and What Army? Violence, the State, and Mexico’s War on Drugs, Territory, Politics, Governance (G.A. Boyce, J.M. Banister, and J. Slack). DOI:10.1080/21622671.2015.1058723
2015 A state of suspended animation: Urban sanitation and water access in Nogales, Sonora, Political Geography (S. Kelly-Richards and J.M. Banister). DOI:10.1016/j.polgeo.2015.04.002
2015 Patria Fugáz: The Troubled Birth of Agrarian Populism on Sonora’s Río Mayo, 1910 to 1934. Journal of the Southwest 57(1): 104-144 (J.M. Banister)
2014 The Debut of ‘Modern Water’ in Early-20th-Century Mexico: The Xochimilco Potable Waterworks Journal of Historical Geography 46: 36-52 (J.M. Banister and S.G. Widdifield).
2014 Are You Wittfogel or Against Him? Geophilosophy, Hydro - Sociality, and the State.” Geoforum 57: 205-214 (J.M. Banister)
2012 Translation of Deluges of Grandeur: Water, Territory, and Power on the Río Mayo, 1880-1910 (published originally in 2011 in Water Alternatives). Región y Sociedad 24(3) enero-abril: 11-51.
2012 Towards a ‘New Culture of Water’ on Sonora's Rio Mayo. The Southwestern Geographer Vol. 15: 15-37 (J.M. Banister).
2011 Deluges of Grandeur: Water, Territory, and Power On Northwest Mexico’s Río Mayo, 1880-1910. Water Alternatives 4(1): 35-53.
2008 The Dilemma of Water Management 'Regionalization' in Mexico under Centralized Resource Allocation. Water Resources Development 24(1) (C.A. Scott and J.M. Banister)
2007 Decentralizing Mexico’s Water Resources: Why History Matters. Sonárida 12(23): 20-23 (J.M. Banister and C.A. Scott),
2007 Stating Space in Modern Mexico. Political Geography 26: 455
Ph.D. Geography, University of Arizona, 2010.
M.A. Latin American Studies, University of Arizona, 1995
B.S. Criminal Justice, Northern Arizona University, 1992
Geog 210--Political and Cultural Geography of Globalization
Geog 250--Environment and Society in the US-Mexico Borderlands
Geog 375--Metropolitan Tucson
Geog 407--The American Landscape
Geog 408--Arizona and the Southwest
Geog 696B--Geographies of State Formation (graduate seminar)