David Price is a professor of anthropology at St. Martin’s University. He was born in 1960 and earned his B.A. from The Evergreen State College, an A.M. from University of Chicago, and a Ph.D from University of Florida.
Early in his career he studied in Egypt, Yemen, and Palestine, conducting research on the evolution of irrigation systems from modern to ancient times, before moving on to his current field. An expert in cultural anthropology and intellectual history, Price has written numerous books about the interactions between government/military/intelligence agencies and anthropologists. His analysis of the impacts of politics, culture, and ethical concerns on the work of anthropologists has advanced our understanding of those complex issues. He has written a book (Threatening Anthropology: McCarthysim and the FBI’s Persecution of Activist Anthropologist) about the experience of activist-anthropologists during the McCarthy era, as they combatted efforts by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to stifle their work. He also wrote a book titled, Anthropological Intelligence: The Use and Neglect of American Anthropology in the Second World War, in which he explored the efforts of anthropologists during World War II.
He is a member of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Network of Concerned Anthropologists and American Anthropological Association. He most recently published a new work, Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the National Security State.
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