James F. Brooks

Professor (Joint appointment with History)

Contact Phone

(805) 893-4027

Office Location

HSSB 2082


Sociocultural Anthropology (borderlands, indigenous studies, ethnohistorical methods and theory, comparative slavery, non-profit missions, management and governance, the professoriate in the twenty-first century.


James F. Brooks is an interdisciplinary scholar of intercultural borderlands, with particular interests in the American Southwest.  He has held faculty appointments at the University of Maryland, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, as fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at the School for Advanced Research. From 2005 to 2013 he served as President of SAR, a center for advanced study in the social sciences, humanities, and Indigenous arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  He is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Western National Parks Association.  His prize-winning 2002 book Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands focused on the traffic in women and children across the region as an expression of intercultural violence and accommodation. He is at work on Mesa of Sorrows: Archaeology, Prophecy, and the Ghosts of Awat’ovi Pueblo, which is under contract with W. W. Norton.