Timothy Finan

Professor, School of Anthropology

Research Anthropologist, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology

Tim Finan is a professor of anthropology and a research anthropologist in the School of Anthropology and Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA) at the University of Arizona. He has taught and conducted research at Arizona for 37 years, 15 of which were in the capacity of Director of BARA. His academic interests and practitioner experience are focused primarily on themes of vulnerability, adaptation, and resilience and on related topics such as food security, governance, and participatory development. His long-term research activities have focused on Northeast Brazil and Bangladesh, but he has carried out vulnerability and adaptation studies in multiple countries of Africa (most recently Mali and Uganda), Asia (most recently Egypt and Bangladesh), and Latin America (most recently Jamaica, Northeast Brazil). He has published across anthropology and development journals and recently published an edited book on cooperativism in Latin America. He was born in Bad Axe, Michigan.


  • PhD, Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1980