Timonthy Finan

Timonthy Finan

Research Anthropologist - Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology

Selected adaptation projects:

Selected citations:

  • Finan, T., Evaluation of Climate Change on Ugandan Agriculture.  Report presented to USAID.  Tetratech, Washington, D.C., 2012.
  • Finan, T., Storm warnings:  The role of anthropology in adapting to sea-level rise in southwestern Bangladesh, in Crate, S.A. and M. Nuttall, eds., Anthropology and Climate Change:  from Encounters to Actions, Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press, pp 175-85, 2009.
  • Nelson, D.R., C.T. West, and T.J. Finan, 2009. Introduction to “In Focus: Global Change and Adaptation in Local Places, American Anthropologist, 111(3), 271-4.
  • Serrat-Capdevila, A., A. Browning-Aiken, K. Lansey, T. Finan, and J. B. Valdés, 2009. Increasing social-ecological resilience by placing science at the decision table; The role of the San Pedro Basin Decision Support System Model (Arizona), Ecology and Society, 14(1), 2009. http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol14/iss1/art37/
  • Vasquez-Leon, M., C.T. West, and T.J. Finan, 2003. A comparative assessment of climate vulnerability: agriculture and ranching on both sides of the US–Mexico border, with M. Vasquez-Leon and C.T. West, Global Environmental Change, 13:159-73.
  • Finan, T.J., 2003. Climate science and the policy of drought mitigation in Ceará, Northeast Brazil, in S. Strauss and B. Orlove (eds.) Weather, Climate, Culture, New York:  Berg Publishers, pp. 203-216.

Employment highlights:

  • Peace Corps Volunteer, UI.S. Peace Corps Regional Office, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil, 1970-1974.
  • Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (formerly Bureau of Ethnic Research), 1981 to present


  • Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1981
  • M.A., Cultural Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1975
  • B.A., Literature and History, University of Detroit, 1969
Geographic Area
Latin America and Caribbean
Middle East/North Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa
Language Area
Expertise Area
Human Dimensions of Climate Change
International and Development
Public Policy and Governance
Vulnerability Assessment