Tristan Reader

Assistant Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship

Richard A. Harvill Building 226D
1103 E. 2nd St
Tucson, Arizona 85721

Areas of Expertise

  • Indigenous food sovereignty
  • Native American entepreneurship


PhD in Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, 2017

MDiv in Religion/Theology, Harvard University, 1994

BA in Philosophy, Swarthmore College, 1989

Tristan Reader joined the Eller College of Management in 2016. Previously, he was co-founder and co-director of Tohono O’odham Community Action (TOCA) where 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. His areas of expertise include indigenous food sovereignty, Native American wellness and public health, Native American economic hybridity and social entrepreneurship, cultural revitalization theory and practice, Indigenous and Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodologies, global food movements and food sovereignty, sustainable and culturally-based community development, community empowerment and quantum leadership and indigenous ontologies, epistemologies and axiologies. He holds a PhD in Agroecology, Water and Resilience from Coventry University.


  • ENTR 485 Innovating: Creating the Future