Joseph Wilder

About Joseph Wilder

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 Netherlands, working in a Dutch supermarket, before returning to the U.S. and working his way through the University of Arizona as a philosophy major. Wilder holds a Ph.D. in political theory from the University of Notre Dame, with a main interest in the philosophy of history. While at Notre Dame, he began his career in publishing as an editor at the University of Notre Dame Press. In 1986, he returned to Tucson and the UA  to assume the editorship of Arizona and the West, a journal of Western history, and develop a new editorial and publishing direction as he transformed it into a Southwest regional studies journal. In 1987 he was appointed director of The Southwest Center and over the years he has integrated a broad research program with robust publishing projects. He has developed and edited two book series, one at the University of Arizona Press and one at the University of New Mexico Press in which over 50 books have been published in the last twenty years; currently he edits the Southwest Center Series at the UA Press and sponsors occasional publications at UNM Press. His publishing interests are especially focused on the architecture, landscape, and culture of the American Southwest and Mexican Northwest. Wilder serves on the board of the DeGrazia Foundation,  the board of the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships in the UA Honors College, and teaches an Honors Seminar on region, place and being.

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Joseph Wilder
Director, Southwest Center; Editor, Journal of the Southwest; Professor of Practice
Telephone: 520-621-2484