Hugh Gusterson

Hugh Gusterson is a professor of anthropology and international affairs at George Washington University. His research focuses on the interdisciplinary study of the conditions under which particular bodies of knowledge are formed and deployed, with special attention to the science of war, the military, and nuclear weapons. He has written two books on the culture of nuclear weapons scientists and antinuclear activists: Nuclear Rites: A Weapons Laboratory at the End of the Cold War (University of California Press, 1996) and People of the Bomb: Portraits of America’s Nuclear Complex (University of Minnesota Press, 2004). Gusterson also co-edited Why America’s Top Pundits Are Wrong (University of California Press, 2005) and its sequel, The Insecure American (University of California Press, 2009). His most recent book is Drone: Remote Control Warfare (MIT Press, 2016)which describes drone warfare from the perspectives of drone operators, victims of drone attacks, anti-drone activists, international lawyers, military thinkers, and others. Previously, he taught at MIT’s program on Science, Technology, and Society, and at George Mason’s Cultural Studies program.