OLD – Education & Appointments

Ted with his Ritsumeikan Policy Science students, Kyoto, Japan


  • Stanford University PhD – Social Anthropology 1973, MA 1966
  • Beloit College (Wisconsin) 1965


  • Fulbright Award 1983. Academic Program Specialist on Micro-Computer uses in social sciences. I used by my award to teach indigenous peoples in Oaxaca computer technologies.


  • Arizona House of Representatives – elected 2 term – State Representative – Democrat. 2003-2006.
  • Democratic Precinct Committeeman – Precinct 58 in Legislative District 28. 4 terms elected. 2000-present
  • State President, American Association of University Professors, Arizona Conference – 10 campus statewide. 1988-1990. Vice President 1990-1995.
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Arizona Board of Directors – 2008 -2010
  • President, Society for Applied Anthropology – 1985-1987
  • President, International Network on Displacement and Resettlement INDR. – Founder 2000 – present.


University of Arizona

  • Research Professor of Social Development and Director of the Social Development Division, Arizona Research Laboratories (1992 – present)
  • Director of Social Anthropology, Arizona State Museum (1985-1992).
  • Research Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology (1982-1992).
  • Anthropologist, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (1980-85).
  • Interim Director, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (1977-1981).
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology (1972-1980).
  • Research Specialist, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, BARA (formerly the Bureau of Ethnic Research) (1972-77).
  • Assistant Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources (1971-72).


University of Oxford, England

  • Visiting Scholar. Institute of Social Anthropology (Jan – Nov 1983).

Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan

  • Visiting Professor of Social Policy. Department of Policy Science. Presented annual short-courses on international social development policies to graduates and upper-division undergraduates (1998-2001).

King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

  • Research Director and Associate Professor of Arid Land Studies in Faculty of Meteorology and Environmental Studies (July 1982-Jan. 1983).
  • Advisor to Dean Dr. Abdulbar Al-Gain, Dean of the Faculty and, in government, the Founding Director of the Saudi Arabian Meteorology and Environmental Protection Agency (MEPA) 1977 – 1983.

Mexican National Science Foundation

  • Scientific Research Team Director Center for Eco-Development,(Centro de Eco-desarrollo, Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología).(Sept. 1977 – June 1979)

Young Professor Downing had hair!