Hugh Gusterson

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Hugh Gusterson
Nationality American
Fields Anthropology
Institutions George Washington University
George Mason University
Alma mater Cambridge University (B.A.)
University of Pennsylvania (M.A.)
Stanford University (Ph.D.)

Hugh Gusterson is an anthropologist at George Washington University,[1] back from leave at the Institute for Advanced Study[2] at Princeton. His work focuses on nuclear culture, international security and the anthropology of science. His articles have appeared in the LA Times,[3] the Boston Globe, the Boston Review[4] the Washington Post,[5] the Chronicle of Higher Education,[6] Foreign Policy,[7] and American Scientist.[8] He is a regular contributor to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.[9]


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. 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 teenage use of alcohol.[10] and 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]

Gusterson served on the American Association of Anthropology's Executive Board from 2009–12, co-chaired the committee that rewrote the Association's ethics code 2012, and currently serves on the Association's Task Force on Engagement with Israel/Palestine. He is President-elect of the American Ethnological Society.

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