Hydropower and Dams

Benedict J Colombi

Assistant Professor, School of Anthropology
Additional Titles and Departments: 
Affiliate Assistant Professor, School of Anthropology
Program Chair, Anthropology & Environment
American Anthropological Association
Affiliate Faculty, Institute of the Environment
Joint Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and Environment
PhD, Anthropology, Washington State University, 2006
(520) 621-2269
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Benedict Colombi conducts research in natural resources and environmental policy, and is writing several articles and developing a book based on recent research with the Nez Perce Tribe about large dams and Pacific salmon in the Columbia River Basin. He also sustains interests in the political ecology of globalization, and in expanding his research to southwestern watersheds and with indigenous peoples and salmon in the upper latitudes of the world, combining field sites in Russia, Canada, Norway, Tasmania, Chile, and the United States. He also serves as program chair, Anthropology & Environment section, American Anthropological Association.

Recent publications include: (in press) Indigenous Peoples, Large Dams, and Capital-Intensive Energy Development: A View from the Lower Colorado River; (in press) Salmon Nation: Tribal Sovereignty and Climate Change; (2006) The Nez Perce Tribe and the Extinction of Pacific Salmon: A Social Power Approach; (2005) Dammed in Region Six: The Nez Perce Tribe, Agricultural Development, and the Inequality of Scale; and (2004) Revisiting Phinney: Sixty-Five Years after "Numipu Among the White Settlers."