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Stefanie Wickstrom

Senior Lecturer

PhD Political Science, University of Oregon 2001 – comparative politics, political theory, political ecology.  Dissertation: “The political ecology of development and indigenous resistance in Panama and the United States: a comparative study of the Ngöbe, Kuna, Zuni and Skokomish societies”

MA Latin American Studies, University of Arizona 1992 – Chican@ literature, literature of the Mexican Revolution, history, political science


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Courses (click on course for syllabus):

  • Environmental Politics (POSC 344) (previously POSC 398)
  • Comparative Environmental Politics (POSC 460)
  • Global Environmental Politics (POSC 470)
  • American Indian Politics and Sovereignty (POSC 411)
  • Climate Refugees (ENST 184)
  • Environmental Management (ENST 303)
  • Environmental Conflict and Change (ENST398)
  • Environmental Justice (ENST 360)
  • Language and Power (POSC/WLC 250)

Teaching philosophy:

... No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge

The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness.

If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind....-Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Research interests include:

Environmental politics, political ecology, identity politics, environmental movements, Latin American politics

Selected publications:

Mestizaje and Globalization: Transformations of Identity and Power (14-chapter edited volume with Philip D. Young). University of Arizona Press – 2014.

“The Border: Los Magonistas, prensa revolucionaria en los Estados Unidos y la trayectoria oculta de una revista de la frontera.” In Identidades Transfronterizas, Migración y Cultura Chicana, edited by Roberto Sánchez Benítez, Carlos Vélez-Ibañez, Salvador Jara Guerrero, Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (Conacyt). México: Plaza y Valdés Editores – 2011.

“Cultural Politics and the Essence of Life: Who Controls the Water?” In Environmental Justice in Latin America: Problems, Promise, and Practice, edited by David V. Carruthers, MIT Press – 2008.

“The Politics of Forbidden Liaisons: Civilization, Miscegenation, and Other Perversions.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 26:3 – 2005. 

“Indigenous Rights, Water, and Development in Washington State: The Skokomish and the Yakamas” (co-authored with Rex S. Wirth and Emily Washines). In Derechos Humanos y Pueblos Indígenas: Tendencias Internacionales y el Contexto Chileno, edited by José Aylwin O., 260-275. Temuco Chile: Instituto de Estudios Indígenas and Universidad de la Frontera – 2004.

“The Politics of Development in Indigenous Panama.” Latin American Perspectives 131:4 – 2003.

“Competing Views: Indian Nations and Sovereignty in the Intergovernmental System of the United States” (co-authored with Rex S. Wirth). American Indian Quarterly 26:4 – 2002.

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Working Projects:

"The Power of Grass: Re-imagining Conquest on the Columbia Plateau", book manuscript

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