James Veteto is an environmental anthropologist specializing in ethnoecology, agrobiodiversity studies, sustainable agricultural systems, sustainable development, food and culture, and alternative political ecologies. He is the Director of the Laboratory of Environmental Anthropology and the Southern Seed Legacy project at UNT and Executive Director of the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies. James has worked with local and indigenous communities in southern Appalachia, the Ozarks, and the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains of NW Mexico. His work has focused specifically on comparative agrobiodiversity inventories, farmer decision making, and conservation strategies in mountain ecosystems. James is also currently conducting research on biocultural diversity and the political ecology of climate change on Appalachian orchards and alternative ecology movements—including bioregionalism, permaculture, and ecovillages. Dr. Veteto is the current president of the Culture and Agriculture section of the American Anthropological Association and a research associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. He is a faculty associate of the environmental science program at UNT and can accept PhD students through that program.
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2010 Ph.D., Anthropology, The University of Georgia
2005 M.A., Appalachian Studies and Sustainable Development, Appalachian State University
1998 B.A., Anthropology, English, and Environmental Ethics, The University of Georgia
2013 Lockyer, Joshua and James R. Veteto (eds). Environmental Anthropology Engaging Ecotopia: Bioregionalism, Permaculture, and Ecovillages. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books.
2012 Veteto, James R. “Appalachian Agricultural Biodiversity: Threats and Resilience” in Vandana Shiva, Ruchi Shroff, and Caroline Lockhart (eds) Seed Freedom: A Global Citizen’s Report. Pp. 228-9. New Dehli, India: Navdanya.
2012 Lockyer, Joshua and James R. Veteto. “Ecovillages” in Sara G. Beavis, Michael Dougherty, & Tirso Gonzales, eds, The Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Vol. 8. The Americas and Oceania: Assessing Sustainability. Pp. 92–95. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing.
2011 James R. Veteto, Gary Paul Nabhan, Regina Fitzsimmons, Kanin Routson and Deja Walker (eds) Place-Based Foods of Appalachia: From Rarity to Community Restoration and Market Recovery. Tucson, AZ: Renewing America’s Food Traditions.
2011 Veteto, James R. and Edward M. Maclin (eds). The Slaw and the Slow Cooked: Culture and Barbecue in the Mid-South. Vanderbilt University Press.
2011 Veteto, James R. “Apple-achia: The Most Diverse Foodshed in the US, Canada, and Northern Mexico” in James R. Veteto, Gary Paul Nabhan, Regina Fitzsimmons, Kanin Routson and Deja Walker (eds) Place-Based Foods of Appalachia: From Rarity to Community Restoration and Market Recovery. Pp. 3-5 Tucson, AZ: Renewing America’s Food Traditions.
2010 Veteto, James R. “From Mountain Anthropology to Montology? An Overview of the Anthropological Approach to Mountain Studies,” in B. Veress and J. Szigethey, eds, Horizons in Earth Science Research, Volume One. Pp. 281-298. Nova Science Publishers.
2009 Veteto, James R. and Kristine Skarbø. Sowing the Seeds: Anthropological Contributions to Agrobiodiversity Studies. Culture and Agriculture 31(2):73-87.
2008 Veteto, James R. and Joshua Lockyer. Environmental Anthropology Engaging Permaculture: Moving Theory and Practice Toward Sustainability. Culture and Agriculture 30(1-2):47-58.
2008 Veteto, James R. The History and Survival of Traditional Heirloom Vegetable Varieties in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. Agriculture and Human Values 25(1):121-134.
2012 Veteto, James R. The Political Ethnoecology of Apple Diversity and Climate Change Perception in Southern Appalachia. 111th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. San Francisco, California.
2011 Veteto, James R. The Complexity of Lost and Found Appalachian Landraces. 110th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Montreal, Canada.
2010 Veteto, James R. Listening to the Mountains: The Trajectory of Robert E. Rhoades’ Mountain Studies. 109th Annual Meeting of The American Anthropology Association. New Orleans, LA.
2010 Veteto, James R. Discussant on Panel, “Circulating Ecotopian Imaginaries: Perspectives from the Bioregionalism, Permaculture, and Ecovillage Movements.” 109th Annual Meeting of The Society for Applied Anthropology. 109th Annual Meeting of The American Anthropology Association. New Orleans, LA.
2010 Veteto, James R. Gardening for Paradise at Mountain Gardens, Katuah Bioregion. USA. 11th Biennial Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. Maynooth, Ireland.
2010 Veteto, James R. Central/Southern Apple-achia: Contemporary Center of Agrobiodiversity Persistence in the US, Canada, and Northern Mexico. 33rd Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference. Dahlonega, GA.
2009 Veteto, James R. Situating the Seeds: On-the-Ground Documentation and Conservation of Ozark Heirloom Vegetable and Fruit Cultivars. Missouri State University-West Plains Ozark Studies Committee 3rd Annual Ozark Studies Symposium. West Plains, MO.
2009 Veteto, James R. Invited Plenary Session Presentation. Food from the Ancestors: Eastern Cherokee Heirloom Seeds, Traditional Dishes, and Strategies for Continuance and Revival. 32nd Annual Meeting of The Society of Ethnobiology. New Orleans, LA.
2008 Veteto, James R. Culture and Agrobiodiversity Persistence among a Group of Immigrant American-Mexican Communities in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Northern Mexico. 49th Annual Meeting of The Society for Economic Botany. Duke University.
2008 Veteto, James R. The Slaw and the Slow Cooked: West Tennessee Barbecue Memories and Folk Theory. 68th Annual Meeting of The Society for Applied Anthropology. Memphis, TN.
2007 Veteto, James R. Marginality in Two Lived Landscapes: The Persistence and Translocation of Appalachian Agrobiodiversity. 106th Annual Meeting of The American Anthropological Association. Washington D.C.
2006 Veteto, James R. History and Survival of Traditional Heirloom Vegetable Varieties in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. Joint Annual Meetings of The Association for the Study of Food and Society and The Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society. Boston, MA.