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Eric Perramond

Eric Perramond

Professor Southwest Studies, Associate Director Environmental Studies Program

Eric Perramond is a human-environment geographer, and a political ecologist, and is a Professor of Environmental Science and Southwest Studies at Colorado College.  Eric received his Bacherlor's degree in 1992 at Mary Washington (VA), Masters in 1994 from LSU (LA), and completed his PhD work in 1999 at the University of Texas at Austin where his work focused on the dynamics of private ranching in Mexico.  That work led to his first book on the "Political Ecologies of Cattle ranching in Northern Mexico:  Private Revolutions" (2010, University of Arizona Press.


Eric's recent publications reflect his commitment to New Mexican stories of the water rights adjudication process in New Mexico, its effects on local, regional, and state water governance, and what that state's experience has to offer other states in the American West.  This effort is now summarized in his brand new book "Unsettled Waters:  Rights, Law, and Identity in the American West" (2019, University of California Press). He is now addressing how “decolonizing” conservation efforts in the Greater Southwest, such as the recent Bears Ears National Monument establishment, might shape a more inclusive future for environmental conservation writ large.


    • B.S., Mary Washington, VA;
    • M.A., Louisiana State University (LA)
    • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin (TX)