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About A. J. Faas

A.J. Faas is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research focuses on practices of exchange, social organization, and politics in contexts of environmental crisis – disasters, displacement and resettlement, development, and violent conflict. He has conducted research in Mexico, Ecuador, the Great Rift Valley in East Africa, and the United States. His work has been featured in several peer-reviewed journals, including Human Organization, Human Nature, Economic Anthropology, Ethnology, Civil Wars, Development In Practice, and Mountain Research and Development.He is a founding member of the Risk and Disaster Topical Interest Group at the Society for Applied Anthropology and its co-chairperson for 2014 and 2015. In addition to his academic work, A.J. has also served as a consultant for non-profits, universities, community-based initiatives, and private business.


Present Assistant Professor, San Jose State University Department of Anthropology

Curriculum Vitae



2012 PhD, University of South Florida ‐ Applied Anthropology
2003 M.A., Montclair State University ‐ Applied Anthropology
2002 B.A., Montclair State University ‐ Anthropology

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Peer-Reviewed Publications (12)

Selected Reports & Non-peer Reviewed Publications (4)

Book Chapters (10)