Sharon Wilcox

Associate Professor of Practice, Political Science and Geography

Sharon Wilcox


Dr. Sharon Wilcox started her teaching career at UTSA in the early 2010s, teaching a range of courses from Cultural to Physical. Dr. Wilcox rejoined the department in 2021 and she currently teaches Fundamentals of Geography, Human, and European Geography.

Dr. Wilcox works for a national environmental nonprofit organization where she leads their ocelot conservation program in South Texas. She has dedicated her career to the study, conservation and restoration of the native wild cats that call the U.S.-Mexico borderlands home, including the jaguar, jaguarundi, and ocelot. Dr. Wilcox’s work has been featured in the Washington Post, The Guardian, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Nature and on Texas Public Radio.

She is the co-author of the book, Historical Animal Geographies, and has written a number of scholarly articles and book chapters examining contemporary and historical interactions of humans and wild cats in the borderlands. Her research has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Research Interests

  • Cultural Geography
  • U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
  • Europe
  • Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation
  • Environmental History
  • Wild Cats


  • Ph.D. in Geography, The University of Texas at Austin (2014)
  • M.A. in Geography, The University of Texas at Austin (2006)
  • B.A. in Geography, University of Mary Washington (2001)

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