Jeffrey Banister
Assistant Research Social Scientist, Southwest Center
Assistant Editor, Journal of the Southwest
Assistant Research Professor, School of Geography & Development
(520) 245 - 0586
Ph.D. Geography, University of Arizona, 2010; M.A. Latin American Studies; University of Arizona, May 1995; B.S. Criminal Justice, Northern Arizona University, May 1992

I have a dual position, split between the University of Arizona's Southwest Center and School of Geography and Development. As assistant editor of Journal of the Southwest, I have worked to build on the university’s tradition of collaborative investigation and publication with Mexican institutions. JSW also publishes across the social sciences and humanities, focusing on northwest Mexico and the greater Southwest. My research and teaching interests range widely, from the geographies of institutions and rural development in Mexico and Latin America, to the connections between everyday life and the broader quest to create spaces for social justice and autonomous environmental politics.

Selected Citations: 

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

Research Themes: 
Art history
Environmental history
Agrarian societies
Food security
Conservation policy
Decision making
Institutional analysis
Native nations
Political ecology
Water rights
Arid lands
Indigenous knowledge
Arid lands
Water conflicts
Water distribution systems
Water law and policy
Water resource management
Watershed management

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