Matthew Pailes

Biosphere 2 Fellow
School of Anthropology

Matthew's research interests primarily focus on the political economy of middle range groups in Northwest Mexico. This region, located between Mesoamerica and the U.S. Southwest, was a nexus of interaction and played important, but little understood roles in the political prehistory of North America. His current research focuses on understanding the physical, demographic, and social qualities that impacted pan-regional interactions in the Sierra Madre of Sonora, Mexico. His secondary interest in hunter-and gather economic organization and participate in research on the northern Plains of the U.S. and northwest Africa. 

Matthew received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2015.

Accepted Scholar:



Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation

College of Engineering 

College of Science Galileo Circle

Graduate College

Arizona Institute for Resilience

Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment & Social Justice

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences