Ronald Trosper

About Ronald Trosper

Ronald Trosper’s latest work has been in the areas of Indigenous economic theory and traditional ecological knowledge.  He examined the institutions that provided stability for the peoples of the Northwest Coast in his book, Resilience, Reciprocity and Ecological Economics:  Northwest Coast Sustainability (Routledge, 2009).  He co-edited a book on traditional forest-related knowledge,Traditional Forest Knowledge:  Sustaining Communities, Ecosystems and Bio-cultural Diversity, edited by John Parrotta and Ronald Trosper (Springer, 2012).  His current interest is applications of the lessons from the Northwest Coast to Indigenous Economic Theory, and he is working on a book tentatively titled Principles of Indigenous Economics.  He began his career in the field of American Indian Economic Development, working on the economic development task force of the American Indian Policy Review Commission.  He also worked on the idea of an American Indian Development Finance Institution, which led to legislation that Ronald Reagan vetoed.  After a period of working outside of academia for the Council of Energy Resource Tribes and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, he returned to university work at the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University, followed by work at the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia before joining the AIS Department in 2011.  His Ph.D.  degree is in Economics, from Harvard University (1974); but he has been a multidisciplinary scholar, publishing in American Indian Studies, Ecological Economics, Economics, Policy Studies, Forestry, and Anthropology.  His administrative positions in academia have been as Acting Director of the National Indian Policy Center at George Washington University (1994), and at Northern Arizona University, as Interim Director of the Institute for Native Americans (1995-96) and Interim Chairman of the Department of Applied Indigenous Studies (2000-2001).  He served as Head of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona from July, 2011 to June, 2014.  He is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation, Montana.

Areas of Study

Indigenous Economic Theory, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Aboriginal Forestry, American Indian Economic Development, Ecological and Environmental Economics, Community-Based Research Methods

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Contact Information

Ronald Trosper
Professor, GIDP Chair-Director of Graduate Studies
Telephone: (520) 621-7108
Fax: (520) 621-7952
Office: Harvill 237A


Ph.D., 1974, Harvard, Cambridge, MA, Economics

M.A., 1970, Harvard, Cambridge, MA, Economics

B.A., 1967, Harvard, Cambridge, MA, Social Studies

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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences