Bill Maurer

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American anthropologist, (1968 – )

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Areas of Specialization: Economic Anthropology
Bill Maurer is the dean of the School of Social Sciences for the University of California, Irvine, the founding director of the Institute for Money Technology and Financial Inclusion, and a scholar of legal and economic anthropology. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and his Ph.D. from Stanford University.

His research has focused on a niche subfield, the anthropology of finance. In this area, Maurer became a famous anthropologist by studying finance and economics through the lens of human anthropology, with explorations of off-shore institutions in the Caribbean, Islamic finance, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain.

Maurer’s work has received four major National Science Foundation research grants, funding studies into international finance and digital currencies. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is the associate editor of the Journal of Cultural Economy.

He has written four books and numerous scholarly articles, including Recharting the Caribbean: Land, Law, and Citizenship in the British Virgin Islands and How Would You Like to Pay? How Technology is Changing the Future of Money. One of his books, Mutual Life, Limited: Islamic Banking, Alternative Currencies, Lateral Reason, was honored in 2005 with the prestigious Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing.

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According to Wikipedia, William M. Maurer is an American academic scholar of legal and economic anthropology. He currently serves as the dean of the School of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He has conducted research on money, finance, economy, and law, including the off-shore financial services industry in the Caribbean, alternative currencies, Islamic finance, mobile money, and traditional and emerging payment technologies, as well as cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and related blockchain technologies. He has been called the “doyen” of the subfield of the anthropology of finance. Maurer is also the founding director of the Institute for Money Technology and Financial Inclusion, a research institute at UC Irvine funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and a fellow of the Filene Research Institute. He was previously the founding co-director of the Intel Science and Technology Center in Social Computing, also at UCI.

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