Regents' Professor

Presidential Motorola Professor of Neighborhood Revitalization

Founding Director Emeritus,  School of Transborder Studies

Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Faculty, Education

1975, Ph.D. Anthropology, University of California, San Diego
M.A. Anthropology, University of California, San Diego
M.A. English, University of Arizona
B.A. Political Science, University of Arizona


Dr. Velez-Ibanez’ academic fields include applied anthropology, complex social organizations, culture and education, ethno-class relations in complex social systems, migration and adaptation of human populations, political ecology, qualitative methodology and urban anthropology.

Dr. Velez-Ibanez concentrates his work on the Transborder regions of the Southwestern United States and Mexico and his publications are numerous including twelve books, four of which are based on original field research and three translated into Spanish and his grants are many from NSF, NEH, and private foundations.  

He was apponted to Arizona State University in 2005 and before this period he was Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the University of California, Riverside from 1994-1999 and Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside, 1994-2005. Previously he had been appointed Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, 1984-1994 and Director of the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, 1982-1994. Prior to this appointment, he was a tenured associate professor at UCLA.

His honors include the 2004 Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology awarded by the American Anthropology Association, and in 2003 the Bronislaw Malinowski Medal presented by the Society for Applied Anthropology in addition to a number of other awards and fellowships including a Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, California, 1993-94 and elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1999. Most recently he was named as Miembro Correspondiente de la Academia Mexicana de Ciencias in 2015 and the only  American anthropoloigst so selected and in 2016, Rocky Mountain Foco NACCS Scholar.  He has also been nominated to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He is presently Regents' Professor and Motorola Presidential Professor of Neighborhood Revitalization of the School of Transborder Studies and Professor of  Human Evolution and Social Change, Founding Director Emeritus of the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University, and Emeritus Professor of Anthropology of the University of California, Riverside.

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Arizona State University
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His research interests are in the transborder regional economy, transnational migration, culture, language and learning, household and community formations, and most recently the impact of the Ford Fellowship Program on the American academy.

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