David Price (anthropologist)

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David Price
Born1960 (age 57–58)
Academic background
Alma materThe Evergreen State College
University of Chicago
University of Florida
Academic work
Main interestsAnthropology

David H. Price (born 1960) is an American anthropologist. He studied anthropology at The Evergreen State College, the University of Chicago and the University of Florida (Ph.D. 1993) and is a professor of anthropology at St. Martin's University in Lacey, Washington.[1][2][3]

Price has conducted cultural anthropological and archaeological field work in Egypt and elsewhere in the Near East. His primary research area is the history of anthropology along with various interactions between anthropologists and military/intelligence agencies.[4] His 2004 book Threatening Anthropology used tens of thousands of Federal Bureau of Investigation files released under the Freedom of Information Act to examine how the FBI harassed anthropologists that were activists in issues of racial equality during the McCarthy era. His 2008 book Anthropological Intelligence documented American anthropologists’ contributions to the Second World War.[5] He has written journalistic exposés on military uses of anthropology in the Human Terrain System program, and on post-9/11 programs bringing the CIA and other intelligence agencies back on to American university campuses.[6] Much of Price's historical and contemporary writing focuses on the ethical and political context of anthropological practice.[7]

He is a frequent contributor to CounterPunch, and is a member of the Network of Concerned Anthropologists.

Selected works[edit]


  • Cold War Anthropology: The CIA, The Pentagon and the Growth of Dual Use Anthropology. Duke University Press, 2016
  • Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State. AK/CounterPunch Books, 2011
  • Anthropological Intelligence: The Deployment and Neglect of American Anthropology in the Second World War. Duke University Press, 2008
  • Threatening Anthropology: McCarthyism and the FBI's Surveillance of Activist Anthropologists. Duke University Press, 2004



  1. ^ Saint Martin's University. "Faculty and Staff Directory". Archived from the original on 11 January 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  2. ^ Gale Biography in Context. 2012. "David H. Price" Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2012
  3. ^ "The Writers Directory, 31st Edition. 2013. "David H. Price," Detroit: St. James Press,"
  4. ^ Peter C. Baker, The Nation June 16, 2016. "Bad Intelligence". Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  5. ^ Merrill Singer (2005). "Selling Anthropology to the Highest Bidder: An Interview with David Price" (PDF). Society for Applied Anthropology Newsletter. 16(2):5–7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
  6. ^ "2010. Interview with David Price on 'The CIA Is Welcoming Itself Back onto American University Campuses'". Democracy Now. 2/9/10. Retrieved 11 August 2011. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ "The Ethics of a Code for Anthropologists." The Chronicle of Higher Education. Vol. 55, Issue 15. 12/5/2008

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