Hugh Gusterson

Hugh Gusterson is Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at George Washington University.  He received his B.A. in history from Cambridge University, his M.Sc. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University in 1992.  He was professor of anthropology and science studies at MIT from 1992-2006, and professor of cultural studies and anthropology at George Mason University from 2006-2014.  He has held visiting fellowships at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and Santa Fe’s School for Advanced Research.

A specialist on nuclear culture, on the political economy of violence, and on ethics and the social sciences, Gusterson is the author of Nuclear Rites (University of California Press, 1996), People of the Bomb (University of Minnesota Press, 2004), and Drone (MIT Press, 2016).  He is co-editor of Cultures of Insecurity (University of Minnesota Press, 1999), The Insecure American (University of California Press, 2009), and Why America’s Top Pundits Are Wrong (University of California Press, 2005).  He has written numerous articles for refereed journals and for popular audiences.  His academic work has appeared in The American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Social Studies of Science, Science, Technology and Human Values and other journals.  He has a regular column for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and for the new public anthropology website, Sapiens.  He has also published in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Science, Nature, New Scientist, American Scientist, and The Sciences.

From 2009-2012 Gusterson served on the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association, in which capacity he co-chaired the final phase of approval of the Association’s new ethics code.  He is President of the American Ethnological Society, and was a member of the American Anthropological Association’s Task Force on Engagement with Israel/Palestine. He has also served as councilor for the Society for the Social Studies of Science, and he was one of the founders of the Network of Concerned Anthropologists.


See Hugh Gusterson Wednesday, October 11 at 12 p.m. in George’s, at George Mason University. See event details.