Suzanne  Simon

Associate Professor

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Cultural Anthropology, Environment, Critical Social and Economic Theory, Development, Globalization, Social Movements, Neoliberalism and Democracy, Dispute Processing, U.S.- Mexico Border, Mexico, Ecuador, Latin America


1996-2005 Ph. D., Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, New School for Social Research, New York
1996-1998 MA, Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, New School for Social Research, New York.
1990-1994 BA, Anthropology, Smith College.



American Anthropological Association

Society for Applied Anthropology

Publications & Presentations


2014 Sustaining the Borderlands in the Age of NAFTA: Development, Politics and Participation in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.

Articles and Chapters

2013 “Friction in a Warming World: The Challenges of Green Energy in Rural Oaxaca, Mexico” Peace, Conflict and Development (April) Issue 20: 6-19.

2011 Waste in the Margins of the State: Negative Externalities and the Production of the U.S.-Mexico Border Region Northeastern Anthropological Association Special Issue “Borders, Margins and Passages in Cultural Anthropology.” Fall/Winter (2011): 21-40.

2010 Throwing a Wrench into “Transition”: Testing the Limits of Transparency, Development and Democratization in the Oaxaca Wind Park Controversy International Journal of Social Policy Research and Development Vol. 1; No. 1: 1-13

2007 Framing the Nation: Law and the Cultivation of National Character Stereotypes in the NAFTA Debate and Beyond Political and Legal Anthropology Review Vol. 30, No. 1: 22-45.

2006 Environmental Justice as Place-Making: A Study of Mexican Migrants, Transnational Advocacy, and Urban Rehabilitation in Matamoros, Mexico, Social Justice: Anthropology, Human Rights and Peace Vol. 6, No 1: 1-29.

1994 “Feminist Orientalism and Development” with Frederique Apffel-Marglin in Wendy Harcourt, ed. Feminist Perspectives on Sustainable Development, pp. 26-45. London: Zed Books. 

Book reviews

2015. David Scott. Omens of Adversity: Tragedy, Time, Memory, Justice. American Ethnologist Vol. 42, No. 2.

2013 Heidi Moksnes. Maya Exodus: Indigenous Struggles for Citizenship in Chiapas. American Ethnologist Vol. 41, No. 1.

2007 Rio Grande, Jan Reid, ed. The Journal of South Texas. Vol. 20, No. 1: 133-138.

Non peer reviewed publications

2013 Democracy in Dredging: Public Participation in the Harbor Deepening Decision Should not be Perfunctory. Jacksonville Folio Weekly, July 17 (backpage editorial).

2000 Texaco’s Ecological Terrorism of the Ecuadorian Amazon: Making the Area Safe for Oil Extraction. Z Magazine Oct., pp. 52-57.


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