Bill Derman (Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1969) is Professor of International and Environment Development Studies, Norwegian University of the Life Sciences, and Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University. He was Professor of Anthropology and African Studies at Michigan State University from 1979 to 2008. He has published many books and articles on Africa, most recently on contestations over land and water and human rights in southern Africa. His fields of specialization include: Environmental Anthropology, Political Ecology, Sociocultural Change, Agrarian Transformation, Anthropology of Development, River Basin Development, Social Impact Analysis, Economic Anthropology, Southern Africa, West Africa. His most recent books include, with Anne Hellum and Kristin Sandvik, Worlds of Human Rights: The Ambiguities of Rights Claiming in Afric (Leiden and Boston: Brill 2013) and Citizenship and Identity: Conflicts over Land and Water in Contemporary Afric edited with Rie Odgaard and Espen Sjaastad. (London, Durban, East Lansing: James Currey, University of Kwazulu Press, Michigan State University Press, 2007).