- Political Ecology
- Maritime & Fisheries Anthropology
- Pacific Coast of Mexico & the Americas
- Ecotourism and Outdoor Recreation
Jake W. Dean is a Chancellor's and NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He leverages his academic background in anthropology, earth science, and history research the political ecology of ecotourism, fisheries, and conservation-as-development projects in the Americas. He emphasizes inclusive, socio-ecological community-based approaches to conservation projects that incorporates local ecological knowledge. His doctoral work seeks to create a posthumanist political ecology of conservation-as-development projects along the migratory path of Pacific gray whales between Alaska and Baja California Sur, Mexico. He also critically considers the gendered and ecological realities of both sport and outdoor recreational spaces. He currently serves as the Book Reviews Editor for the Journal of Political Ecology and has published freelance work with outlets such as El Universal, Slate Magazine, and Tucson Weekly on sports equity, environmental politics, and critiques of cryptocurrency.