Scott Whiteford is a professor emeritus at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona and Anthropology at Michigan State University. He served as the Director of Latin American Studies at both universities. He co-editor with Jeremy Slack and Daniel E. Martinez "The Shadow of the Wall: Violence and Migration on the U.S.- Mexico Border" and with Ana Ochoa O'Leary and Colin Deeds of "Unchartered Terrains: New Directions in Border Research Methodology, Ethics, and Practice."
His research interests are international migration, human rights, violence, power and the political ecology of water. He is the author or coeditor, with colleagues, of 14 books published in English or Spanish, based on long-erm reseach in eight Latin American countries and the United States. These publications include "Workers from the North: Plantations and Bolivian Labor in Argentina," "NAFTA and the Campesinos" and "Seguridad, Agua y Desarrollo: El Furturo de la Frontera Mexico-Estados Unidos."
His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundations, the Ford Foundation, CEPAL and the Fulbright Commission.