Tristan Reader is Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of American Indian Studies and the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona. His work focuses on Indigenous food sovereignty; Native American wellness and public health; Native American economic hybridity & social entrepreneurship; and Cultural revitalization theory and practice; Indigenous and Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodologies, among other topics.
Prior to joining the UA faculty, Tristan was Co-Founder and Co-Director (with Terrol Dew Johnson) of Tohono O’odham Community Action (TOCA) for two decades. There, he partnered with hundreds of community members to develop a broad set of food sovereignty programs aimed at promoting public health, cultural revitalization, community empowerment, and sustainable economic development. This work was the foundation of his PhD dissertation, ‘Thereby We Shall Live’: Tohono O’odham Food Sovereignty and the Confluence of Quantum Leadership, Cultural Vitality, Public Health, and Economic Hybridity (Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University – UK).
Tristan is a joint-recipient of the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World Award. He helped found Native Foodways magazine, and serves on the Leadership Council of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA). Tristan has written more than 20 articles and book chapters on Native American food sovereignty.