militarism, anthropology of science, public anthropology, international security, nuclear weapons
Born in the UK, Hugh Gusterson took a B.A. in history at Cambridge University in 1980, a masters degree in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1982, and a PhD in anthropology at Stanford University in 1992. Somewhere in between he worked for a couple of social change organizations. He was a professor at MIT from 1992 until 2006, when he came to George Mason University. He has done fieldwork in the United States and Russia, where he has studied the culture of nuclear weapons scientists and antinuclear activists. He also writes about militarism and about science more generally, and has a strong interest in professional ethics. He is the author of Nuclear Rites (UC Press, 1996) and People of the Bomb (Minnesota, 2004) and co-editor of Cultures of Insecurity (Minnesota, 1999), Why America's Top Pundits Are Wrong (UC Press, 2005), and The Insecure American: How We Got Here and What We Should Do About It (University of California Press, 2009). As well as writing for scholarly journals, he has a regular online column for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and has published in numerous newspapers and magazines.