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David Vine

Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology

  • Author of Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia (Princeton, 2009), David Vine’s work focuses on issues including U.S. foreign and military policy, military bases, forced displacement, and human rights. He is the co-author, with the Network of Concerned Anthropologists, of the Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual, or Notes on Demilitarizing American Society (Prickly Paradigm, 2009). His other writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian (London), Mother Jones, Foreign Policy in Focus, Chronicle of Higher Education, and International Migration, among others. Island of Shame exposes the history of the U.S. military base on the Indian Ocean island Diego Garcia and the expulsion of its indigenous people. David is now working on a new book about the global network of U.S. military bases overseas. In addition to more than a decade of research about Diego Garcia and U.S. bases abroad, he has conducted research about gentrification in Brooklyn, NY, environmental refugees, homelessness and mental illness, and DC-area basketball. For more information and links to David's writing, see www.davidvine.net.
  • Degrees

    PhD, Anthropology, Graduate Center, City University of New York
    MA, Anthropology, Graduate Center, City University of New York
    BA, Sociology, Wesleyan University
  • Languages Spoken:

    English and proficient French, Mauritian Kreol, Seselwa (Seychelles Kreol); some Spanish and Italian

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  • Fall 2014

    • ANTH-640 Current Issues in Anthropology: Anthropology of Militarism
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