James Ferguson is an American anthropologist. He is known for his work on the politics and anthropology of international development, specifically his critical stance (development criticism). He is currently chair of the Anthropology Department at Stanford University. His best known work is his book, The Anti-Politics Machine. He earned his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.
- 2010, The Uses of Neoliberalism. Antipode, volume 41, supplement 1, 2010.
- 2006, Global Shadows: Africa in the Neoliberal World Order, Duke University Press.
- 1999, Expectations of Modernity: Myths and Meanings of Urban Life on the Zambian Copperbelt, University of California Press.
- 1997, Editor, Anthropological Locations: Boundaries and Grounds of a Field Science (with Akhil Gupta), Univ. of California Press.
- 1997, Editor, Culture, Power, Place: Explorations in Critical Anthropology (with Akhil Gupta), Duke University Press.
- 1990, The Anti-Politics Machine: 'Development,' Depoliticization, and Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho, Cambridge University Press.