James Blair

International Campaign Advocate

A Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow, James J. A. Blair focuses his research and advocacy on energy, natural resources, and Indigenous sovereignty in the Americas. Before joining NRDC, Blair was a visiting assistant professor in anthropology at Brooklyn College and land agency coordinator for Sierra Club. His doctoral dissertation centered on oil, environment, and self-determination in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas in Spanish). He has won support for his research from Mellon/ACLS, Fulbright-IIE, the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. In recognition of his promise as an early career scholar, the Anthropology and Environment Society (A&E) granted him the Next Generation Award. Seeking to make a broad impact as a public anthropologist, Blair has been invited to and participated in international academic panels; published refereed articles, essays, and book reviews in English and Spanish; and written a series of popular articles for The Economist, the North American Congress on Latin America, and the A&E Engagement blog. Blair holds a PhD in anthropology from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is based in the Washington, D.C., office.