Scott Whiteford Named New Director of the Center for Latin American Studies

Lori Harwood
Aug. 23, 2005

Scott Whiteford is the new director of the Center for Latin American Studies at The University of Arizona. Professor Whiteford, whose recent co-edited books include; "Seguridad, Agua y Desarollo: El Futuro de La Frontera Mexic-Estados-Unidos" (2005), "Globalization, Water and Health: Resource Management in Times of Scarcity" (2005); "Managing a Sacred Gift: Changing Water Management Strategies in Mexico" (2003); and eight other volumes published in Spanish and English, was previously professor of anthropology and the director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Michigan State University (MSU).

The UA Center for Latin American Studies is a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center. The Center also offers bachelor's and master's degrees in Latin American studies, joint programs with law, public administration and journalism; and advanced training in Spanish and Portuguese.

"We are thrilled to have someone of Dr. Whiteford's stature head our Center for Latin American Studies," said Edward Donnerstein, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. "His expertise in water policy adds to the University of Arizona's excellence in this area."

"I am delighted to join the distinguished faculty of the University of Arizona," said Whiteford. "Arizona is a gateway between Latin America and the United States. Based on scholarship and research, the University of Arizona has the potential to be among the top three or four best programs on Latin America in the United States. I look forward to helping the University of Arizona establish this ranking. There is already a first-class M.A. and undergraduate program in place."

Whiteford is currently finishing a five country project funded by the Hewlett Foundation on globalization, borders and environmental security in Latin America. His research examines a range of policy issues, including the World Bank's recent water management reforms and decentralization.

On a more theoretical level, Whiteford's work examines issues of power, environmental justice and health, and how global processes play out at the local level impacting local resource management, health, the quality of life, and how communities or networks of people have mobilized to address changes in power arrangements.

Whiteford's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, the Social Science Research Council, the Hewlett Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment of the Humanities and the National Institute of Health. He presently serves on review boards for several foundations and federal agencies as well as the Woodrow Wilson Center's water task force.


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