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Nicholas Barron

Assistant Professor-in-Residence

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Nicholas Barron is a historical anthropologist whose research interests concern colonial/imperial studies, Indigenous politics, and the history of anthropology in North America. His previous research has explored how Indigenous intellectuals operationalize anthropological scholars, theories, and institutions to realize cultural and political projects in California and Arizona. In addition to his book manuscript (under advanced contract with the University of Nebraska Press), aspects of this research have appeared in articles and chapters in History and Anthropology, Histories of Anthropology Annual, and BEROSE: International Encyclopedia of the Histories of Anthropology. Building on this past work, his current research traces the relationship between applied anthropology, Indigenous rights organizations, liberalism, and federal Indian policy in the post-WWII US. Alongside his research, writing, and teaching, Barron serves as a Managing Editor for the History of Anthropology Review, the Book Reviews Editor for Anthropology and Humanism, and a co-organizer of the History of Anthropology Working Group at the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.


  • PhD University of New Mexico (2019)
  • MA University of New Mexico (2015)
  • BA University of California, Santa Cruz (2012)
  • General Education West Valley College (2010)

Research Interests

historical anthropology, history of anthropology, imperialism, colonialism, liberalism, the politics of recognition, Indigenous politics, Native North America, US Southwest, California