J. Terrence McCabe (Ph.D., SUNY-Binghamton, 1985; Professor)

My research focuses on livelihood strategies and decisions relating to land use among the pastoral peoples of Eastern Africa. I’ve spent nearly 30 years engaged in this research mostly with the Turkana of northern Kenya and the Maasai of northern Tanzania. Most recently I’ve been conducting research on the process of livelihood diversification among the Maasai, including the adoption of cultivation and rural-urban migration. Currently I am Principal Investigator on a project comparing the social, economic, and ecological impact of parks on adjacent communities with field sites in Tanzania, Uganda, Namibia and Botswana. Most of this work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. My book, Cattle Bring Us to Our Enemies: Turkana Ecology, History and Raiding in a Disequilibrium System won the 2005 Julian Steward award for the best book written in the previous year in ecological and environmental anthropology. 

Terry McCabe

Selected Publications:

  • 2013. Leslie, Paul and McCabe, J. Terrence. Response Diversity and Resilience in Social-Ecological Systems. Current Anthropology Vol. 54, No. 2: 114-143. PDF
  • 2011. Greiner, C., Bollig, M., and McCabe, J. Terrence. Notes on Land-based Conflicts in Kenya's Arid Areas. Africa Spectrum Vol. 46, No. 3: 77-81.
  • 2010. McCabe, J. T., Leslie, P. and DeLuca, L. Adopting Cultivation to Remain Pastoralists: the diversification of pastoral livelihoods in northern Tanzania. Human Ecology Vol. 38, No. 3: 321-334.
  • 2009. Baird, T. D., Leslie, P. and McCabe, J. Terrence. Effect of Conservation on Local Perceptions of Risk and Behavioral Response. Human Ecology Vol. 37, No. 4: 463-474.
  • 2006. De Vries, D. H., P.W. Leslie, and J.T. McCabe. Livestock acquisition dynamics in nomadic pastoralist herd demography: a case study among Ngisonyoka herders of South Turkana, Kenya. Human Ecology  Vol 34, #1: 1-25.

  • 2004. Cattle Bring Us to Our Enemies: Turkana Ecology, History, and Raiding in a Disequilibrium System. University of Michigan Press.  

  • 2004. May, Ann and J. Terrence McCabe. City Work in a Time of AIDS: Maasai Labor Migration in Tanzania. Africa TodayVol 51, No. 2: 3-32.
  • 2003. McCabe, J. Terrence (guest editor).  Anthropology and Sustainability. Human Organization Vol. 62, no.31. 
  • 2003. McCabe, J. Terrence. Towards an Anthropological Understanding of Sustainability: A Preface. Human Organization. Vol. 62, no. 3: 91-92.
  • 2003. McCabe, J. Terrence. Sustainability and Livelihood Diversification among the Maasai of Northern Tanzania. Human Organization. Vol. 62, no 3: 100-111.
  • 2003. McCabe, J. Terrence. Disequilibrial Ecosystems and Livelihood Diversification among yhe Maasai of Northern Tanzania: Implications for Conservation Policy in Eastern Africa. Nomadic Peoples Vol. 7, No. 1, pp.74-91.
  • 2002. McCabe, J. Terrence. Conservation with a Human Face? Lessons from 40 years of Combining Conservation and Development in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania. In Displacement, Forced Settlement and Conservation. Dawn Chatty ed. Oxford: Berghahn Books pp.61-76.
  • 1999. Fratkin, Elliot and McCabe, J. Terrence (guest editors). East African Pastoralists at the Crossroads. Special Edition of the Journal Nomadic Peoples Vol. 3, No. 2.
  • 1985. Dyson-Hudson, R. and J.T. McCabe. South Turkana Nomadism: Coping with an Unpredictably Varying Environment. Human Relation Area Files Books, 378 pages.