Benedict Colombi

About Benedict Colombi

Benedict J. Colombi, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of the American Indian Studies Program and Affiliate Assistant Professor of the School of Anthropology and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. He also holds a Faculty appointment in the newly formed, Institute of the Environment, a center for disciplinary and interdisciplinary environmental and climate change research at The University of Arizona. He is the Past Program Chair of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), Anthropology & Environment section, Past Faculty Fellow with The Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy (2011-10), and is a Fellow with The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA). His area of specialization lies at the intersection of Indigenous resource management, sustainability, and globalization, and he is writing several articles and developing a book based on recent research with the Nez Perce Tribe (Nimiipuu) about large dams, Pacific salmon, and the world-economy in the Columbia River Basin. He also sustains interests in expanding his research to include Southwestern watersheds and combining field sites in Russia, Canada, Norway, Tasmania, Chile, and the United States. Recent publications include: Colombi and Brooks (2012) Keystone Nations: Indigenous Peoples and Salmon Across the Northern Pacific School for Advanced Research Press; Colombi (In Press) “‘Salmon and His People:’ Nimiipuu Encounters with Global Capitalism” School for Advanced Research Press; Colombi (In Press) Salmon Migrations, Nez Perce Nationalism, and the Global Economy, Oxford University Press; Colombi (2012) Salmon and the Adaptive Capacity of Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) Culture to Cope with Abrupt Change” American Indian Quarterly; Colombi (2012) The Economics of Dam Building: Nez Perce Tribe and Global Capitalism American Indian Culture & Research Journal; Colombi (2012) “Declining Salmon, Large Dams, and the Capitalist World-Economy: A Case Study of Biocultural Diversity in the Nez Perce Homeland,” UNESCO-IHP, Jakarta and Springer-Verlag, Netherlands; Colombi (2010) Indigenous Peoples, Large Dams, and Capital-Intensive Energy Development: A View from the Lower Colorado River School for Advanced Research Press; Colombi (2009) “Salmon Nation: Tribal Sovereignty and Climate Change,”Left Coast Press; Colombi (2006) “The Nez Perce Tribe and the Extinction of Pacific Salmon: A Social Power Approach,” Northwest Indian College Press; Colombi (2005) “Dammed in Region Six: The Nez Perce Tribe, Agricultural Development, and the Inequality of Scale,”American Indian Quarterly; Colombi (2004) “Revisiting Phinney: Sixty-Five Years after ‘Numipu Among the White Settlers,’” Journal of Northwest Anthropology; Colombi (2003) “Medicine Crossing: Representing Native American Lived Experience,” Journal of Northwest Anthropology.


2010/10/18 - University of Kansas
Nation Building Through Salmon: The Nez Perce Tribe and Indigenous People as World Citizens
For more information please see the poster or visit the event website.

2009/10/01 - Kyoto, Japan
Water, Cultural Diversity and Global Environmental Change: Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures?
Dr Colombi presented his research and most recent publication at the 2009 United Nations meeting in Kyoto Japan.  The poster was on display with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Hydrological Programme.
For more information please see the poster or visit the conference website.

Dr Colombi's personal Web Site 
School of Anthropology 
School of Natural Resources and Environment
Institute of the Environment
School for Advanced Research

Areas of Study

Indigenous resource management, sustainability, and globalization.

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Contact Information

Benedict Colombi
Associate Professor
Telephone: (520) 621-2269
Fax: (520) 621-7952
Office: Harvill 237B
Office Hours: Monday and Thursday 1pm to 2pm and by appointment


Ph.D., 2006, Washington State University 

Courses Taught

Non-Western Cultures and Civilizations - Many Nations of Native America

Research Design and Methodology

Natural Resource Management in Native Communities

Interdisciplinary Research: Theory and Methods

Catalog Courses by Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences