A.J. Faas

AJ Faas Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Ph.D. University of South Florida, 2012

Applied anthropology, reciprocity and cooperation, disasters, development, violence, displacement and resettlement, social networks, policy practice


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A.J. Faas (PhD, Anthropology, University of South Florida) is Associate Professor of Anthropology at San José State University. His research interests center on disasters, environmental crises, and displacement and resettlement. In these contexts, his work focuses on social organization and economy at multiple levels of scale, postcolonial statecraft and practice, interventions of nongovernmental organizations, and the (re)production of subjectivities and memories. As a PhD student, Faas conducted research on adaptation to chronic hazards in Nahua villages in Mexico, and as a postdoctoral scholar (North Carolina State University) he studied inter-agency cooperation in response to large wildfires in the United States. Currently, Faas’s research program includes an ongoing, longitudinal study of disaster recovery and resettlement in the Ecuadorian highlands and research on the production of, response to, and recovery from the 2017 floods of downtown San José, California. Additionally, as a member of the Culture and Disasters Action Network (CADAN), Faas is currently working with a team of ethnographers to study the ways in which culture is imagined and operationalized by governmental and nongovernmental organizations party to the United Nations programs for disaster risk reduction. Faas is co-editor, with Eric C. Jones, of the edited volume, Social Network Analysis of Disaster Response, Recovery, and Adaptation; and co-editor, with Roberto E. Barrios, of the 2015 special issue of Human Organization on “The Applied Anthropology of Disasters.” He is the editor of the 2016 special issue of The Annals of Anthropological Practice on “Continuity and Change in the Applied Anthropology of Risk, Hazards, and Disaster” and the 2017 special issue of the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology on “Changing Practices of Andean Cooperation and Reciprocity in the Twenty-First Century.”

Selected Bibliography of Recent Publications

Mason, Sophie Shan, and A.J. Faas

2019  Culture at Work in Disaster Interventions: Practitioners at the 2017 United Nations Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Proceedings of the 2018 Conference of the Southwestern Anthropological Association.

Lei, Sun, and A. J. Faas

2018  Social Production of Disasters and Disaster Social Constructs: An Exercise in Disambiguation and Reconciliation. Disaster Prevention and Management 27(5):623-635. [pdf]

Faas, A. J.

2018  Petit Capitalisms in Disaster, or the Limits of Neoliberal Imagination: Displacement, Recovery, and Opportunism in Highland Ecuador. Economic Anthropology 5(1):32-44. [pdf]

Faas, A. J.

2017  Enduring Cooperation: Time, discipline, and minga practice in disaster-induced displacement and resettlement in the Ecuadorian Andes. Human Organization 76(2):99-108. [pdf]

Faas, A. J.

2017  Reciprocity and Vernacular Statecraft: Changing Practices of Andean Cooperation in Post-Disaster Highland Ecuador. The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 22(3):495-513. [pdf]

Faas, A.J., Anne-Lise Velez, Clare FitzGerald, Branda Nowell, and Toddi Steelman

2017  Patterns of Preference and Practice: Bridging Actors in Wildfire Response Networks in the American Northwest. Disasters 41(3):527-548. [pdf]

Faas, A. J.

2016  Continuity and Change in the Applied Anthropology of Risk, Hazards, and Disasters. The Annals of Anthropological Practice 40(1):1-8. [pdf]

Faas, A. J.

2016  Disaster Vulnerability in Anthropological Perspective. The Annals of Anthropological Practice 40(1):9-22. [pdf]

Jones, Eric C., and A.J. Faas (eds.)

2016  Social Network Analysis of Disaster Response, Recovery, and Adaptation. Elsevier S&T Books. [pdf]

Faas, A. J.

2016  All the Years Combine: The Expansion and Contraction of Time and Memory in Disaster Response. In Understanding Vulnerability, Building Resilience: Responses to Disasters and Climate Change. Michele Companion and Miriam Chaiken, eds. Pp. 249-258. Boca Raton: CRC Press. [pdf]

Faas, A. J.

2015  Disaster Resettlement Organizations, NGOs, and the Culture of Cooperative Labor in the Ecuadorian Andes. In Disaster’s Impact on Livelihoods and Cultural Survival: Losses, Opportunities, and Mitigation. Michele Companion, ed. Pp. 51-62. Boca Raton: CRC Press. [pdf]

Faas, A.J., and Roberto Barrios

2015  Applied Anthropology of Risk, Hazards, and Disasters. Human Organization 74(4):287-295. [pdf]