Tom Perreault

Professor and Chair, Geography

Tom Perreault

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DellPlain Professor of Latin American Geography
Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence


Ph.D., University of Colorado, 2000


political ecology; environmental justice; water governance; critical resource geography; mining and extractivism; rural livelihoods; agrarian political economy; indigeneity and indigenous politics; Latin America

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2018    Rutgerd Boelens, Tom Perreault, and Jeroen Vos (editors), Water Justice. Cambridge University Press.

2015    Tom Perreault, Gavin Bridge and James McCarthy (editors), The Handbook of Political Ecology, London: Routledge.

2014    Tom Perreault (editor), Minería, Agua y Justicia Social en los Andes: Experiencias Comparativas de Perú y Bolivia (editedvolume) Cusco: Centro Bartolomé de las Casas/La Paz: PIEB.

2002    Thomas Perreault, Movilización política e identidad indígena en el Alto Napo, Quito: Ediciones Abya Yala.


Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Forthcoming    Tom Perreault “State of nature: On the co-constitution of resources, state and nation.” In Andrew EG Jones, Natalie Koch, Christopher Lizotte, Juho Juukkonen and Sami Moisio (eds.), Changing Geographies of the State: New Spaces of Geopolitics. Cheltenham (UK): Edward Elgar Publishing.

Forthcoming    Tom Perreault, “Toward a critical-geographic understanding of resource nationalism.” In Matthew Himley, Gabriela Valdivia and Elizabeth Havice (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Critical Resource Geography. London: Routledge.

2019    Natalie Koch and Tom Perreault, “Resource Nationalism,” Progress in Human Geography, 43(4): 611-631.

2018    Tom Perreault, “Prefacio.” In Jessica Budds and María Cecilia Roa García (eds.), Equidad y Justicia Hídrica: El Agua como Reflejo de Poder en los Países Andinos. Lima: Fondo Editorial, PUCP, pp. 13-17.

2018    Tom Perreault “Energy, extractivism, and hydrocarbon geographies in contemporary Latin America.” Journal of Latin American Geography. 17(3): 235-252.

2018    Tom Perreault “Mining and development in Latin America.” In J. Cupples, M. Palomino-Schalscha and M. Prieto (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Latin American Development, London: Routledge, pp. 421-431.

2018    Tom Perreault “La memoria del agua: Contaminación minera, memoria colectiva y justicia hídrica,” in Gisselle Vila Benites y tp1Cristóbal Bonelli (eds.), A contracorriente: agua y conflicto en América Latina. Quito: Abya Yala, pp. 95-118.

2018    Tom Perreault “The plantation and the mine: Comment on ‘After the land grab: Infrastructural violence and the “mafia system” in Indonesia’s oil palm plantation zone” by Tania Li.’ Geoforum, 96: 345-347.

2018    Tom Perreault “The meaning of mining, the memory of water: Collective experience as environmental justice,” In Water Justice, Rutgerd Boelens, Tom Perreault, and Jeron Vos (eds.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2017    Tom Perreault “Mining, meaning and memory in the Andes,” The Geographical Journal, 184(3): 229-241.

2017   Tom Perreault “Tendencies in tension: Resource governance and social contradictions in contemporary Bolivia,” In Governing Extraction, Lori Leonard (ed.), London: Routledge.

2017    Tom Perreault "Qué tipo de gobernanza para qué tipo de equidad? Hacia una teorización de la justicia en la gobernanza hídrica,” Justicia Hídrica, Bibiana Duarte, Jaime Hoogesteger and Critina Yacoub (editors).  Quito: Abya Yala.  

2017    Andrea Marston and Tom Perreault, “Consent, coercion and cooperativismo: Mining and environmental governance in Bolivia,” Environment and Planning A, 49(2): 252-272.

2017    Tom Perreault, “Governing from the ground up? Translocal networks and the politics of environmental suffering in Bolivia,” In Grassroots Environmental Governance: Community Engagements with Industry. Leah Horowitz and Michael Watts (eds.), London: Routledge, pp. 103-125.

2015    Tom Perreault, "Corrientes, colonialismos y contradicciones: Repensando los raíces y trayectorias de la ecología política," Estudios Atacameños, 51: 177-183.

2015    Tom Perreault, “Performing participation: Mining, power, and the limits of consultation in Bolivia.” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, 20(3): 433-451.Book cover of Mineria, Agua Y Justicia Social en Los Andes

2015    Gavin Bridge, James McCarthy and Tom Perreault, “Introduction” in The Handbook of Political Ecology, Tom Perreault, Gavin Bridge and James McCarthy (eds.), London: Routledge, pp. 3-18.

2015    James McCarthy, Tom Perreault and Gavin Bridge, “Conclusion,” in The Handbook of Political Ecology, Tom Perreault, Gavin Bridge and James McCarthy (eds.), London: Routledge, pp. 620-629.

2015   Tom Perreault, “Prólogo,” In Ecología Política en Chile: Naturaleza, Conocimiento, Propiedad y Poder, Beatriz Bustos (ed.), Santiago: Universidad de Chile, pp. 9-14.

2014    Tom Perreault, “Introducción: Minería, agua y justicia Social en los Andes,” in Minería, Agua y Justicia Social en los Andes: Experiencias Comparativas de Perú y Bolivia, Tom Perreault, (ed.), Cusco: Centro Bartolomé de las Casas/La Paz:PIEB, pp. 13-40.

2014   Tom Perreault, “Agua, minería, modos de vida y justicia social en el altiplano boliviano,” in  Minería, Agua y Justicia Social en los Andes: Experiencias Comparativas de Perú y Bolivia,Tom Perreault (ed.), Cusco: Centro Bartolomé de las Casas/La Paz: PIEB, pp. 101-124.

2014   Tom Perreault, Beyond the watershed: Decision making at what scale?”  In Negotiating Water Governance: Why the Politics of Scale Matter, Emma Norman, Christina Cook, Kathryn Furlong (eds.), 117-124.

2014    Tom Perreault, “Participación y poder: la consulta previa y sus descontentos en el sector minero de Bolivia.” In Extractivismo minero en Colombia y América Latina, B. Göbel y A. Ulloa (eds.), Bogotá: UniversidadBook cover of Movilizacion politica e identidad indigena en al alto Napo Nacional de Colombia -Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut. pp. 107- 136.

2014    Tom Perreault, “What kind of governance for what kind of equity? Toward a theorization of justice in water governance,” Water International, 39(2): 233-245.

2013   Tom Perreault, “Dispossession by accumulation? Mining, water and the nature of enclosure on the Bolivian Altiplano” accepted for publication in Antipode, 45(5): 1050-1069.

2013    Tom Perreault, “Nature and nation: the territorial logics of hydrocarbon governance in Bolivia,” in Subterranean Struggles: New Geographies of Extractive Industries in Latin America, Anthony Bebbington and Jeffrey Bury (editors), University of Texas Press, pp. 67-90.

2013    Tom Perreault, “Reworking the spaces of indigeneity: the Bolivian ayllu and lowland autonomy movements compared” (with Barbara Green), accepted for publication in Environment and Planning D:Society and Space, 31: 43-60.

2013    Tom Perreault,“¿Despojo por acumulación? Minería, agua, y justicia social en el Altiplano boliviano,” In Aguas Robadas: Despojo Hídrico y Movilización Social, Aline Arroyo and Rutgerd Boelens (eds.), Quito: Abya Yala and Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, pp. 187-206.

2013    Tom Perreault, Sarah Wraight and Meredith Perreault, “Injusticia ambiental en el estado de Nueva York, EEUU: Una perspectiva integradora,” In Aguas Robadas: Despojo Hídrico y Movilización Social, Aline Arroyo and Rutgerd Boelens (eds.), Quito: Abya Yala and Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, pp. 243-264.

2012    Tom Perreault, Sarah Wraight and Meredith Perreault, “Environmental injustice in the Onondaga Lake waterscape, New York State, USA” Water Alternatives, 5(2): 485-506.

2012    Tom Perreault, “Extracting justice: Natural gas, indigenous mobilization and the Bolivian state.” In Transnational governmentality and resource extraction: Indigenous peoples, mutlinational corporations, multinational institutions and the state, Terence Gomez and Suzana Sawyer (eds.), London: Palgrave, pp. 75-102.

2011    Tom Perreault, “Las contradicciones estructurales y sus implicaciones para la justicia hídrica:Pensamientos incompletos,” in Justicia Hídrica: Acumulación, Conflicto y Acción Social,Rutgerd Boelens, Leontien Cremers and Margreet Zwarteveen (eds.), Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos/PUCP, pp. 67-77.

2010    Tom Perreault, “Conflictos del gas y su gobernanza: El caso de los Guaraní de Bolivia” Anthropologica, 28 (suplemento 1): 139-162.

2010    Tom Perreault, “Michael Watts” In P. Hubbard, R. Kitchen, and G. Valentine (eds.), Key Contemporary Thinkers on Space and Place 2nd Edition, London: Sage, pp. 454-460.

2010    Tom Perreault and Gabriela Valdivia, “Hydrocarbons, popular protest and national imaginaries: Ecuador and Bolivia in comparative context” Geoforum, 41(5): 689-699.

2010    Tom Perreault “El capitalismo, la naturaleza y la identidad social: Una teorización incompleta.”  In H. Vélez Galeano (ed.), Justicia Hídrica: 7 Ensayos Como Aportes para Articular las Luchas, Bogotá, Colombia: CENSAT Agua Vida, Amigos de la Tierra Colombia, pp. 67-79.

2010    Rutgerd Boelens, Rocio Bustamante and Tom Perreault, “Networking strategies and struggles for water control: from water wars to mobilizations for day-to-day water rights defense,” In Out of the Mainstream Water Rights, Politics and Identity, Rutgerd Boelens, David Getches and Armando Guevera Gil (eds.), (London and Washington, DC: Earthscan), pp. 281-306.

2009    Tom Perreault, “Environment and development,” in Companion to Environmental Geography. Noel Castree, David Demeritt, Diana Liverman and Bruce Rhoads (eds.), Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 442-460.

2009    Gavin Bridge and Tom Perreault, “Environmental governance,” in Companion to Environmental Geography. Noel Castree, David Demeritt, Diana Liverman and Bruce Rhoads (eds.), Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 475-497.

2009    Tom Perreault, “Assessing the limits of neoliberal environmental governance in Bolivia,” in Beyond Neoliberalism in Latin America? John Burdick, Philip Oxhorn and Ken Roberts (eds.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 135-156.

2008    Tom Perreault, “Popular protest and unpopular policies:  state restructuring, resource conflict and social justice in Bolivia”  In EnvironmentalJustice in Latin America.  David Carruthers (ed.), Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 239-262.   

2008    Tom Perreault, “Custom and contradiction: Rural water governance and the politics of usos y costumbres in Bolivia's irrigators' movement,” Annals of theAssociation of American Geographers, 98(4): 834-854.

2008    Thomas Perreault, “Geographical perspectives on Latin American social movements: a review and critique,” Geography Compass, 2(5): 1363-1385.

2008    Tom Perreault, “Natural Gas, Indigenous Mobilization, and the Bolivian State” Identities, Conflict and Cohesion Programme Paper No. 12, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), 27pp.

2007    Thomas Perreault, De la 'guerra del agua' a la 'guerra del gas': gobernabilidad de recursos, neoliberalismo, y protesta popular en Bolivia.”  In Carlos Crespo and Susan Spronk and (eds.), Depsués de las Guerras del Agua en Bolivia, La Paz, CESU-UMSS/ Plural Editores, pp. 147-182.

2006    Thomas Perreault, Reestructuración del estado y las políticas de escala de la gestión de agua rural en Bolivia,” in PolíticasHídricas y Derechos Campesinos e Indígenas, edited by Rutgerd Boelens (Lima, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos/ Quito, Abya Yala). 

2006    Thomas Perreault, “From the Guerra del Agua to the Guerra del Gas: Resource governance, neoliberalism, and popular protest in Bolivia,” Antipode, 38(1): 150-172.

2005    Thomas Perreault, Why chacras (swidden gardens) persist: Agrobiodiversity, food security, and cultural identity in the Ecuadorian Amazon,” Human Organization, 64(4): 327-339.

2005    Thomas Perreault, “State restructuring and the scale politics of rural water governance in Bolivia,” Environment and Planning A, 37(2): 263-284.

2005    Thomas Perreault and Patricia Martin, Geographies of neoliberalism in Latin America,” (guest editorial and introduction to special issue), Environment and Planning A, 37(2): 191-201.

2004    Thomas Perreault, “Michael Watts” In P. Hubbard, R. Kitchen, and G. Valentine (eds.), Key Contemporary Thinkers on Space and Place, London: Sage, pp. 323-329.

2003    Thomas Perreault, Social capital, development, and indigenous politics in Ecuadorian Amazonia,” Geographical Review, 93(3): 328-349.

2003    Thomas Perreault, “'A people with our own identity': toward a cultural politics of development in Ecuadorian Amazonia,” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 21(5): 583-606.

2003    Thomas Perreault, “Changing places: transnational networks, ethnic politics, and community development in the Ecuadorian Amazon,” Political Geography, 22(1): 61-88.

2003    Thomas Perreault, “Making space: community organization, agrarian change, and the politics of scale in the Ecuadorian Amazon,” Latin American Perspectives, 30(1): 96-121.

2003    J. Montgomery Roper, Thomas Perreault and Patrick Wilson, “Indigenous transformational movements in contemporary Latin America,” (introduction to special edited issue), Latin American Perspectives, 30(1): 5-22.

2001    Thomas Perreault, “Developing identities: indigenous mobilization, rural livelihoods, and resource access in Ecuadorian Amazonia,” Ecumene, 8(4): 381-413.

2001    Anthony Bebbington and Thomas Perreault, “Vidas rurales y acceso a recursos naturales: El caso Guamote,” In A. Bebbington, and V.H. Torres (eds.), Capital Social en los Andes, Quito: Abya Yala, pp. 69-104.

2001    Thomas Perreault, Anthony Bebbington and Thomas Carroll, “Organizaciones de riego y la formación de capital social: El caso Cayambe,” In A. Bebbington, and V.H. Torres (eds.), Capital Social en los Andes, Quito: Abya Yala, pp. 105-139.

1999    Anthony Bebbington and Thomas Perreault, “Social capital, development and access to resources in highland Ecuador,” Economic Geography, 75(4): 395-418.

1998    Thomas Perreault, Anthony J. Bebbington and Thomas F. Carroll, “Indigenous irrigation organizations and the formation of social capital in northern highland Ecuador,” Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers Yearbook, 24: 1-15.

1996    Thomas Perreault, “Nature preserves and community conflict: a case study in highland Ecuador,” Mountain Research and Development, 16(2): 167-175.


Current doctoral students 

  • Claudia Díaz-Combs, PhD program, 2018-present (dissertation topic: political ecology and environmental justice in El Salvador) 
  • Katie MacDonald, PhD program, 2018-present (dissertation topic: non-traditional crop substitution programs in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan). MA, Geography, Syracuse University, graduated with distinction, May 2018. (thesis title: “’When our crops burn, we burn”: Household cultivation, inattention and exclusion in Tajikistan’s water management reform”).

  • Akemi Inamoto, PhD program, 2017-present (dissertation topic: feminist political ecologies of agriculture in Colombia).

  • Ainhoa Mingolarra, PhD program, 2017-presesnt (dissertation topic: water governance in Latin America and the Caribbean).

  • Miguel Contreras, PhD program 2013-present (dissertation topic: social movement activism and regionalism in Chile).  Funded by a Fulbright Fellowship and a Becas Chile fellowship (CONICYT). 

  • Manuela Ruiz, PhD program in Geography (dissertation topic: perceptions of identity and social class among campesino youth in Colombia); MA in Geography, Syracuse University, 2015 (thesis title:  “In search of Ordenamiento Ambiental Territorial in the Peasant Reserve Zones of Colombia”).

Current master's students

  • Jamie Gagliano, MA program, 2018-present (thesis topic: political ecologies of agrarian conflict in Paraguay.

Former doctoral students

  • Alejandro Camargo, PhD Geography, graduated with distinction, May 2016 (dissertation title: “Disastrous waters, renascent lands: Politics and agrarian transformations in post-disaster Colombia”). Dissertation research funded by a COLCIENCIAS Francisco José de Caldas research fellowship (Government of Colombia). Currently post-doctoral fellow, Université de Montréal, Québec. 

  • Emily Billo, PhD Geography, graduated December 2012 (dissertation title: “Competing sovereignties: Oil extraction, corporate social responsibility, and indigenous peoples in Ecuador”). Dissertation research funded by a National Science Foundation DDRI grant and an Inter-American Foundation fellowship.  Now Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Bucknell University. 
  • Elvin Delgado, PhD, Geography, graduated May 2012 (dissertation title: “Spaces of socio-ecological distress: Fossil fuels, solar salt, and fishing communities in Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela.”)  Dissertation research funded by Fulbright-IIE grant.  Now Assistant Professor, Central Washington University.
  • Keith Lindner, PhD Geography, graduated with distinction, December 2012 (dissertation title: “Returning the Commons: Resource Access and Environmental Governance in San Luis, Colorado”). Dissertation funded by a UC Berkeley Community Forestry and Environmental Research Partnerships Dissertation Fellowship and a National Science Foundation DDRI grant ).   Now postdoctoral researcher, SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, Syracuse, New York.
  • Beatriz Bustos Gallardo, PhD Geography, graduated May 2010 (dissertation title: “Geographies of knowledge production in a neoliberal setting: The case of Los Lagos region, Chile”).  Now Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.  
  • Matthew Himley, PhD Geography, graduated with distinction, May 2010 (dissertation title: “Frontiers of Capital: Mining, Mobilization, and Resource Governance in Andean Peru.” Dissertation research funded by Fulbright-Hays grant); MA Geography, graduated with distinction, August, 2005 (MA thesis title: “The politics of land and forest: nature conservation in highland Ecuador”).  Now Assistant Professor, Illinois State University.

Former master's students

  • Andrea Furnaro, MA program, 2016-present (dissertation topic: political ecologies of mining in Chile).

  • Anna Van de Grift, MA in Geography, August 2017 (thesis title: “Participation or conformity: Peruvian water governance, law and the failed attempt to establish a water basin council”).

  • Andria Aguilar, MA program, graduated with distinction, May 2017 (thesis title:" Quinoa or quinua? Political ecologies of organic production in an international commodity chain").

  • Marian Turniawan, MA in Geography, May 2015 (thesis title: “Constructing a Counter-Discourse: The Politics of Knowledge Production at the Latin American School of Agroecology”).
  • Catherine Adams, MA Geography / MPA (Master of Public Administration), graduated May 2003 (thesis title: “Defending our place: protest on the Southside of Syracuse”).
  • Barbara Green, MA Geography, graduated December 2010 (thesis title: “Capitalism in a poncho: social movements, hydrocarbons development, and contested national identities in Bolivia).
  • Mike Kantor, MA program, graduated Geography 2012 (thesis title: “Banking on the impossible: The political life of wetlands in southern Louisana”).
  • Aman Luthra, MA Geography / MPA (Master of Public Administration), graduated December 2004 (thesis title: “Revisiting Shangri-la: landscape representation and the politics of development in Bhutan”).
  • Flavia Rey de Castro, MA program, Geography graduated 2013 (thesis title: "Water politics: Governance, conflict and vulnerability in Andean Peru").
  • Sandra Sánchez, MA Geography, graduated December 2007 (thesis title: “Community-based (eco) tourism: indigenous livelihood-development strategies in the Ecuadorian Amazon”).
  • Mauri Stott, MA Geography / MAPA (Master of Arts in Public Administration), graduated December 2003 (thesis title: “Hanging in the balance: sustainable development and politics of scale on the lower Chesapeake Bay, tidewater Virginia”).

Current undergraduate thesis advisees      

  • Deborah Orieta, BA, Geography and Food Studies, Renée Crown Honors Program (thesis research: food security and food sovereignty in Puerto Rico). 

Former undergraduate thesis advisees

  • Rachel Bass, BAInternational Relations, graduated May 2016 with University Honors (Thesis title: “Postcolonial discourses of gender and development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region”).

  • Haley Kulikowsky, BA, International Relations, graduated May 2016 with University Honors. (Thesis title: “Ecuador’s Yasuní-ITT program: a post neoliberal policy?”).

  • Emily Malina, BA International Relations, graduated May 2016 with University Honors. (Thesis title: “Reclaiming Identities: Inter-cultural Bilingual Education in Peru and Bolivia”).

  • Amory Hillengas, BA Geography, graduated May 2010 with University Honors and Departmental Distinction (thesis title:” Accessibility in the Syracuse Food Desert”).
  • Alexis Sheehan Kinney, BA Geography, graduated May 2010 with University Honors and Departmental Distinction (thesis title: “The Commodification of the Modern Black Man:  Examining the Effect of Drug Laws on the New York State Prison Industrial Complex”).             
  • Kristin Novak, BA Geography, graduated May 2008 with University Honors (thesis title: “Overfishing and Environmental Justice in Marine Fisheries,” Awarded Best Honors Thesis in the Social Sciences at Syracuse University, 2007-2008).
  • Dave Oster, BA Geography, graduated May 2014 with departmental distinction (Thesis title: “Addressing the environmental impact of agriculture: The farm bill and conservation in Central New York”).
  • Rose Tardiff, BA Geography, graduated May 2015 with University Honors (Thesis title: "Towards an expansion of the Salt City Harvest farm: Exploring a community farm's impact, challenges, and the agricultural ways and aspirations of its New American farmers." Awarded Best Honors Thesis in the Social Sciences at Syracuse University, 2014-15).
  • Syed Shehtaaz Zaman, BA Geography with Departmental Distinction, graduated May 2010 (thesis title: “The Bangladeshi Miracle: Post-Colonial Bangladesh and the Central Challenges Facing the Political Economy).