Hugh Gusterson

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Hugh Gusterson is an anthropologist at George Washington University. His work focuses on nuclear culture, international security and the anthropology of science. His articles have appeared in American Scientist.[1] He is a regular contributor to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.[2]


Hugh Gusterson grew up in England. He has a B.A. in history from Cambridge University, a Master's degree in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania (as a Thouron Scholar), and a PhD in anthropology from Stanford University.[3] He taught at MIT from 1992-2006 before moving to George Mason University. One of the founders of the anthropology of science,[citation needed] his early work was on the culture of nuclear weapons scientists and antinuclear activists. More recently he has written on counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan.[citation needed] A leading critic of attempts to recruit anthropologists for counterinsurgency work, he is one of the founders of the Network of Concerned Anthropologists.[citation needed]

He is married to Allison MacFarlane, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). They have two children.





  1. ^ "Hugh Gusterson (Biography)". American Scientist Online (Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society). Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Columnist: Hugh Gusterson". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
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