Hugh Gusterson

photo: Hugh Gusterson
Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs
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Areas of Expertise

Anthropology of science, public anthropology, international security, nuclear weapons

After receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1992, Hugh Gusterson was an assistant professor and then an associate professor with tenure in anthropology and science studies at MIT. He received fellowships and awards from MacArthur Foundation, Stanford University, and the National Science Foundation. He moved to George Mason in 2006 as a professor of anthropology and sociology.

Since early 2013, Dr. Gusterson has added several notable accomplishments to his already stellar record:

  • He was awarded a fellowship to spend the 2014-15 academic year at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Previous fellows include Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer, John von Neumann, George Kennan, and Noam Chomsky.
  • He received an NSF grant for a new project — an enthnographic history of the polygraph.
  • He was elected to be the president of the American Ethnological Society for 2015-17. The AES is the oldest anthropological association in the United States. It now has 4,000 members and is a section of the American Anthropological Association.

Current Research

An ethnographic history of the polygraph — the world the polygraph has created and the “practical knowledge” of those who administer or take polygraph tests.


Ph.D., Stanford University