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James Eder

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Professor Emeritus
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Biography

Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Office Location: SHESC 272

Telephone: (480) 965-5530

Education

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

BS, Biology, California Institute of Technology

Research

James Eder's research interests have long concerned how the tribal and peasant peoples of Southeast Asia, and particularly those of the Philippines, have experienced development and change, broadly understood. His fieldwork in the Philippines has centered on Palawan Island, where his interests include demographic and subsistence change among the Batak, a tropical forest foraging people, and agricultural intensification and economic diversification in San Jose, a farming community on the outskirts of Puerto Princesa City.

In recent years, Eder has re-cast these and other longstanding research interests around issues of natural resource management and use, while at the same time scaling up to a broader view of Palawan and of the Philippines as a whole. One current research project, Migrants to the Coasts, examines the challenges that the continued migration to Palawan of ethnically-diverse fisherfolk from elsewhere in the Philippines pose for the establishment of marine protected areas and other elements of successful community-based coastal resource management programs. Another current research project, Re-Envisioning the Upland Philippines, aims to better capture the ecological, economic and social transformations presently underway in the nation's uplands than present models allow. His most recent research project concerns ethnic identity, Islamic consciousness, and Muslim-Christian relations in Palawan.

Field Research Projects:
Migration and Household Economic Diversification in the Palawan Fishing Economy
Re-envisioning the Upland Philippines

Instruction

Eder teaches courses on introductory sociocultural anthropology, peoples of Southeast Asia, and the anthropology of development in SHESC, and a course on international development and sustainability in the School of Sustainability. In 2011 Eder received the ASU Alumni Association's Faculty Achievement Teaching Award.

Sample Publications

(click on cv/resume above for a full listing)

Eder, J. (2011). Nicknames at work and at play: Sociality and social cohesion among the Cuyonon of the Philiippines. In T. Gibson and K. Sillander, eds., Anarchic Solidarity: Autonomy, Equality, and Fellowship in Southeast Asia (pp 249-269). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Eder, J. (2011). Environmental reconfigurations and livelihood transformations in rural Southeast Asia. Regions & Cohesion 1:145-164.

Eder, J. (2010). Ethnic differences, Islamic consciousness, and Muslim social integration in the Philippines. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 30:317-332.

Eder, J. (2009). Migrants to the coasts: Livelihood, resource management and global change in the Philippines. Series on Contemporary Social Issues. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage.

Austin, R. & Eder, J. (2007). Development, participation, and environmentalism on Palawan Island, Philippines. Society and Natural Resources, 20, 363-371.

Eder, J. (2006). Land use and economic change in the post-frontier upland Philippines. Land Degradation and Development, 17, 149-158.

Eder, J. F. (2006). Gender and household economic planning in the rural Philippines. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 37(3), 397-413.

Eder, J. (2004). Who are the Cuyonon? Ethnic identity in the modern Phillipines. Journal of Asian Studies, 63, 625-647.

Eder, J. & McKenna. T. (2004). Minorities in the Philippines: Ancestral lands and autonomy in theory and practice. In C. Duncan (Ed.), Civilizing the margins: Southeast Asian government policies and minority peoples in southeast Asia (pp. 56-85). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Eder, J. (1999). A generation later: Household strategies and economic change in the rural Philippines. Honolulu: University of Hawai'I Press.

Publications
  • James F Eder and Oscar Evangelista. Palawan and its Global Connections. (2014).
  • James F Eder. Tree crops, fallow management, and agricultural settlement in the Cuyonon system of shifting cultivation. A Growing Forest of Voices: Lessons in Fallow Management from Indigenous Peoples (2014).
  • James F Eder. The role of gender in the reduction of fishing effort in the coastal Philippines. Gender and Sustainability: Lessons from Asia and Latin America (2012).
  • James F Eder. Environmental Reconfigurations and Livelihood Transformations in Rural Southeast Asia. Regions & Cohesion (2011).
  • Kim Hill, James Eder, and eight others. Co-Residence Patterns in Hunter-Gatherer Societies Show Unique Human Social Structure. Science (2011).
  • James F Eder. Nicknames at Work and at Play: Sociality and Social Cohesion among the Cuyonon of the Philippines. Anarchic Solidarity: Autonomy, Equality, and Fellowship in Southeast Asia (2011).
  • James F Eder. "Ethnic difference, Islamic consciousness, and Muslim social integration in the Philippines". Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (2010).
  • James F Eder. "Muslim Palawan: Diversity and difference on the periphery of Philippine Islam". Philippine Studies (2010).
  • James F Eder. Who Shall Succeed? Agricultural Development and Social Inequality on a Philippine Frontier. (2009).
  • James F. Eder. Migrants to the Coasts: Livelihood, Resource Management, and Global Change in the Philippines. (2008).
  • Christy Turner, James Eder. Dental Pathology, Wear, and Diet in a Hunting and Gathering Forest-Dwelling Group: The Batak People of Palawan Island, the Philippines. Dental Anthropology (2006).
  • James Eder. Gender and Household Economic Planning in the Rural Philippines. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (2006).
  • James Eder. Land Use and Economic Change in the Post-frontier Upland Philippines. Land Degradation and Development (2006).
  • Turner II, Christy G,Eder, James F. Dentition of the Batak People of Palawan Island, the Philippines: Southeast Asian Negrito Origins. Bioarchaeology of Southeast Asia (2006).
  • Eder, James F. Batak. Encyclopedia of the World's Minorities, 3 volumes, ed. Karl Skutsch (2005).
  • James Eder. Coastal Resource Management and Social differences in Philippine Fishing Communities. Human Ecology (2005).
  • Eder, James. Sacred Resources, Sacred Forests: Their Relevance for Natural Resource Management in the Philippines. (2005).
  • James Eder. Who Are the Cuyonon? Ethnic Identity in the Modern Philippines. Journal of Asian Studies (2004).
  • Eder, James F (Author) . Minorities in the Philippines: Ancestral Lands in Theory and Practice. Civilizing the Margins: Southeast Asian Government Polciies for the Development of Minorities (2004).
  • Eder, James F (Author) . The Batak of Palawan Island, the Philippines. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Hunters and Gatherers (2004).
  • James Eder. A Filipinist in Vietnam. Suvannabhumi (2003).
  • James F Eder. Gender, social difference, and coastal resource management in lowland Philippine fishing communities. Human Ecology: Contemporary Research and Practice (0).
Research Activity
  • Eder,James F*. Doctoral Dissertation Research: The Role of NGOs and Human Rights Initiatives in Democratization. NSF-ENG-BCS(6/1/2014 - 5/31/2015).
  • Eder,James F*. Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: School Girls and Modern Women: Education and Gender in Contemporary Bhutan. NSF-SBE(8/1/2009 - 1/31/2011).
  • Eder,James F*. Re-Envisioning the Upland Philippines. ED(5/1/2005 - 12/31/2006).
  • Eder,James F*. MIGRATION, CULTURE & MARINE RESOURCES MANAGEMENT IN PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES: AN EXPLORATORY RESEARCH/PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT. NSF-SBE(6/1/1999 - 7/31/2000).
  • Eder,James F*. SEASSI CONSORTIUM DUES. MISC PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS(10/1/1996 - 10/1/1997).
  • Eder,James F*. SUMMER FLATS FELLOWSHIP. UNIV OF WASHINGTON(8/16/1996 - 8/15/1997).
  • Eder,James F*. SEASSI FLAS FELLOWSHIP. CETYS Universidad(5/1/1996 - 9/30/1997).
  • Rush,James Robert*, Eder,James F, Woodward,Mark Rhey. NRC FOR SE ASIAN STUDIES. ED(8/15/1995 - 8/14/1996).
  • Eder,James F*. SUMMER FIAS FELLOWSHIPS. UNIV OF WASHINGTON(8/15/1995 - 8/14/1996).
  • Eder,James F*. SEASSI SUMMER INSTITUTES. UNIV OF WASHINGTON(7/1/1995 - 11/15/1997).
  • Eder,James F*. NATL RESOURCE UNDERGRAD CTR FOR SE ASIAN STUDIES & FOREIGN L. ED(8/15/1994 - 8/14/1997).
  • Eder,James F*. FULBRIGHT HAYS: NO LONGER THE FRONTIER. ED-PSE-CIE(7/1/1994 - 12/31/1995).
  • Eder,James F*. NATIONAL RESOURCE UNDERGRAD CNTR FOR S.E. ASIAN STUDIES. ED(8/15/1993 - 8/14/1994).
  • Eder,James F*. ECON DEVEL & SOCIAL DIFFERIENTIATION IN A FARMING COMMUNITY. NSF(8/15/1988 - 1/31/1990).
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
SOS 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SSH 403Cross-Culturl Stds Global Hlth
ASB 443Cross-Culturl Stds Global Hlth
ASB 452Commnty Partnrshps Global Hlth
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
SOS 493Honors Thesis
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 497Honors Colloquium
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 102Culture in a Globalizing World
SOS 322Intl Development&Sustainabilty
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
SOS 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 325Peoples of Southeast Asia
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 102Intro Cultural & Social Anthro
SOS 322Intl Development&Sustainabilty
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 493Honors Thesis
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 325Peoples of Southeast Asia
ASB 484Internship
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 493Honors Thesis
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Presentations
  • James F Eder. Converting to Islam in the Christian Philippines: Some Motives and Consequences. annual meeting of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, Athens, Georgia, April 4- (May 2014).
  • James F Eder. panel on current research on Palawan Island. 13th International Conference on Philippine Studies (Oct 2012).
  • James F Eder. Zoning resources, zoning people: Ecogovernmentality and non-timber forest products collection in the Philippines. 2nd Philippine Studies Conference of Japan, Tsukuba (Nov 2010).
  • James F Eder. Migration, resource management and household livelihood diversification in the Philippine coastal zone. Taft Lecture, University of Cincinnati (Oct 2010).
  • James F Eder. The future of indigenous peoples in the Philippines: Sources of cohesion, forms of difference. workshop on Indigenous Peoples of Southeast Asia, Leiden, the Netherlands (May 2010).
  • James F Eder. Environmental reconfigurations and livelihood transformations in rural Southeast Asia. annual meeting of the Consortium for Comparative Research in Regional Integration and Social Cohesio (Nov 2009).
  • James F Eder. Alternative Livelihoods for the Philippine Coastal Zone: Lessons from Palawan. 8th International Philippine Studies Conference (Jul 2009).
  • James F Eder. Alternative livelihoods for migrant fishers in the coastal Philippines: the role of gender in the reduction of fishing effort. Society for Applied Anthropology annual meeting (Mar 2009).
  • James F Eder. The role of gender in the reduction of fishing effort in the coastal Philippines. American Anthropological Association annual meeting (Nov 2008).
  • Eder, James. Development, Participation, and Environmentalism on Palawan Island, Philippines. International Social Science Research Methods conference (Jun 2004).
Service
  • Human Ecology, article reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • Human Ecology, article reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • Human Organization, article reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • Human Organization, article reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • undergraduate committee, chair (2009 - Present)
  • Barrett Honors College, member, National Scholarships and Fellowships Committee (2008 - Present)
  • Barrett Honors College, member, National Scholarships and Fellowships Committee (2008 - Present)
  • Barrett Honors College, member, National Scholarships and Fellowships Committee (2008 - Present)
  • Barrett Honors College, member, National Scholarships and Fellowships Committee (2008 - Present)
  • Barrett Honors College, member, National Scholarships and Fellowships Committee (2008 - Present)
  • Philippine Studies, member, international advisory board (2006 - Present)
  • Philippine Studies, member, international advisory board (2006 - Present)
  • Philippine Studies, member, international advisory board (2006 - Present)
  • Philippine Studies, member, international advisory board (2006 - Present)
  • Philippine Studies, member, international advisory board (2006 - Present)
  • Philippine Studies, member, international advisory board (2006 - Present)
  • Philippine Studies, member, international advisory board (2006 - Present)
  • University Promotion and Tenure Committee, member (2012 - 2015)
  • undergraduate committee, chair (2011 - 2013)
  • undergraduate committee, chair (2011 - 2012)
  • Academic Standards Committee, Member (2006 - 2009)
  • SHESC search committee (s/c health positions), chair (2008 - 2008)
  • social-cultural anthropology approach (SHESC), convener (2006 - 2008)
  • SHESC P&T committee (for Michael Winkelman), chair (2008 - 2008)
  • Search committee (culture, heritage, and identity), Chair (2005 - 2007)
  • Search Committee (senior s/c hire), Chair (2006 - 2007)
  • Graduate Committee, Member (2006 - 2007)
  • Search Committee (culture, heritage, and identity), Chair (2005 - 2007)
  • Bioarchaeology Search, Member (2006 - 2006)
  • PersonnelCcommittee, Member (2004 - 2006)
  • Graduate Curriculum Implementation Commmittee, Member (2005 - 2005)
  • Research support committee, Member (2005 - 2005)
  • Search Committee (modern urban studies), Chair (2004 - 2005)
  • Space Committee, Member (2003 - 2005)
  • Structure working group a.k.a. the school by-laws committee, Co-chair (2004 - 2004)
  • Transfer evaluation committee (Bob Bolin), Chair (2004)
  • Transfer evaluation committee (Ed Hackett), Chair (2004)
  • Promotion/tenure committee (Leif Jonsson), Chair (2004 - 2004)
  • Program for Southeast Asian Studies, Director (2002 - 2004)
  • Program for Southeast Asian Studies, Member, Executive Committee (2002 - 2004)
  • Center for Environmental Studies Faculty Advisory Committee, Member (2003)
  • Planning committee, Member (2003)
  • Professional Conduct representative, Member (2003)
  • Barrett Honors College, member, National Scholarships and Fellowships Committee (Present)
  • CLAS Academic Standards Committee, member (Present)