Thomas J. Bassett

 Thomas Bassett

Contact Information

LAS Global Studies
703 S. Wright Street
3rd Floor, MC-301
Champaign, IL 61820
Professor Emeritus
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Biography

Professor Tom Bassett has taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1984. He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts and graduated from the Brooks School in N. Andover, Mass (1972). He has a B.A. degree in English from Tufts University (1976), and a M.A. degree (1979) and PhD degree (1984) in Geography from the University of California at Berkeley. Bassett teaches courses on globalization, environment and development, political ecology, and geographic information systems and society. He has published 8 books and some 60 journal articles on his research.

Research Interests

  • Bassett's research centers on the political ecology of agrarian change in West Africa. Since 1981 he has carried out research on land rights system, the social and agricultural history of cotton, and land use and land cover change in the West African savanna with emphasis on Côte d’Ivoire.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Bassett, Thomas J Capturing the margins: World market price and cotton farmer incomes in West Africa World Development 59 2014, p. 408-421.
Bassett, Thomas J, and Charles Fogelman Déjà vu or something new? The adaptation concept in the climate change literature Geoforum 48 2013, p. 42-53.
Environmental narratives and politics in Tanzania’s Rufiji Delta: A reply to Burgess, et al. Global Environmental Change 2013.
Environmental narratives and politics in Tanzania’s Rufiji Delta: A reply to Burgess, et al. Global Environmental Change 2013.
Beymer-Farris, B, and T. Bassett The REDD Menace: Resurgent Protectionism in Tanzania's Mangrove Forests Global Environmental Change 22 2012, p. 331-341.
Bassett, Thomas J, and Scott Straus Defending Democracy in Côte d'Ivoire: Africa Takes a Stand Foreign Affairs 90 4 2011, p. 130-140..
Bassett, Thomas J Winning Coalition, Sore Loser: The 2010 Presidential Elections in Côte d’Ivoire African Affairs 110 440 2011, p. 469-479.
Bassett, Thomas J Reducing hunger vulnerability through sustainable development Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107 13 2010, p. 5697-5698.
Bassett, Thomas J Slim pickings: Fairtrade cotton in West Africa Geoforum 41 1 2010, p. 44-55.
Bassett, Thomas J Mobile pastoralism on the brink of land privatization in Northern Côte d’Ivoire Geoforum 40 5 2009, p. 756-766.
Bassett, Thomas J, Chantal Blanc-Pamard, and Jean Boutrais Constructing locality: the terroir approach in West Africa Africa 77 1 2007, p. 104-129.
Bassett, Thomas J, and Matthew Turner Sudden Shift or Migratory Drift? FulBe herd movements in the Sudano-Guinean Savannas of West Africa Human Ecology 35 2007, p. 33-49.
Bassett, Thomas J Dangerous Pursuits: Hunter Associations (donzo ton) and National Politics in Côte d’Ivoire Africa 73 1 2003, p. 1-30.

Website Articles

The Costs of the Road in a Divided Côte d’Ivoire Cultural Anthropology 2012.
Gbagbo’s Blame Game Huffington Post 2011.
The Battle for Abidjan Huffington Post 2011.
Last Chance in Cote d’Ivoire Huffington Post 2011.

Book Contributions

Integrating ecology into political ecology: Biomass burning and greenhouse gas emissions in northern Côte d’Ivoire L'approche Political Ecology. Pouvoir, Savoir, Environnement Integrating ecology into political ecology: Biomass burning and greenhouse gas emissions in northern Côte d’Ivoire Paris Quae 2012.
The monetization of land transfers in northern Côte d’Ivoire Une anthropologie entre pouvoirs et histoire. Conversations autour de l'œuvre de Jean-Pierre Chauveau The monetization of land transfers in northern Côte d’Ivoire Paris 2011.

Books

Bassett, T, and A. Winter-Nelson The Atlas of World Hunger Chicago University of Chicago Press 2010.
Bassett, Thomas J, and Marie Cormier-Salem Nature as Local Heritage in Africa: New Approaches to Biodiversity Conservation, Territory and Identity London International Africa Institute 2007.
Bassett, Thomas J, and Donald Crummey African Savannas: Global Narratives and Local Knowledge of Environmental Change in Africa Oxford, UK & Portsmouth, NH James Currey Publishers & Heinemann 2003.
Bassett, Thomas J, and Karl Zimmerer Political Ecology: An Integrative Approach to Geography and Environment—Development Studies New York Guilford Press 2003.
Bassett, Thomas Le coton des paysans: Une revolution agricole in Côte d’Ivoire Paris IRD 2002.
Bassett, Thomas J The Peasant Cotton Revolution in West Africa: Côte d'Ivoire, 1880-1995 Cambridge, UK Cambridge University Press 2001.
Bassett, Thomas J, and Yvette Scheven Maps Africa to 1900: A Checklist of Maps in Atlases and Geographical Journals in the Collections of the Library of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL University of Illinois Library, Downs Publication Series No. 9 2000.
Bassett, Thomas J, and Donald Crummey Land in African Agrarian Systems Madison University of Wisconsin Press 1993.