David H. Price (born 1960) is an American anthropologist. He studied anthropology at The Evergreen State College, the University of Chicago and the University of Florida (PhD 1993) and is a professor of anthropology at St. Martin's University in Lacey, Washington.
Price has conducted cultural anthropological and archaeological field work in Egypt and elsewhere in the Near East. His primary research area is the history of anthropology along with various interactions between anthropologists and military/intelligence agencies. His 2004 book Threatening Anthropology used tens of thousands of Federal Bureau of Investigation files released under the Freedom of Information Act to examine how the FBI harassed anthropologists that were activists in issues of racial equality during the McCarthy era. His 2008 book Anthropological Intelligence documented American anthropologists’ contributions to the Second World War. He has written journalistic exposés on military uses of anthropology in the Human Terrain System program, and on post-9/11 programs bringing the CIA and other intelligence agencies back on to American university campuses. Much of Price's historical and contemporary writing focuses on the ethical and political context of anthropological practice.
Price is a frequent contributor to CounterPunch, and is a member of the Network of Concerned Anthropologists and Journal of Facebook Post Studies.
- Cold War Anthropology: The CIA, The Pentagon and the Growth of Dual Use Anthropology. Duke University Press, 2016
- Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State. AK/CounterPunch Books, 2011
- Anthropological Intelligence: The Deployment and Neglect of American Anthropology in the Second World War. Duke University Press, 2008
- Threatening Anthropology: McCarthyism and the FBI's Surveillance of Activist Anthropologists. Duke University Press, 2004
- "Counterinsurgency by Other Names: Complicating Humanitarian Applied Anthropology in Current, Former, and Future War Zones." 2014, Human Organization 73(2):95–105.
- "The New Surveillance Normal: NSA and Corporate Surveillance in the Age of Global Capitalism. Monthly Review 2014 66(3):43–53.
- "Memory's Half-Life: A Social History of Wiretaps." CounterPunch August 2013, 20(6):10–14.
- "The Destruction of Conscience in the National Academy of Sciences: An Interview With Marshall Sahlins." CounterPunch, February 26, 2013.
- "Silent Coup: How the CIA is Welcoming itself Back onto American University Campuses". CounterPunch, April 9, 2010
- "Human Terrain Systems Dissenter Resigns, Tells Inside Story of Training's Heart of Darkness". CounterPunch, February 15, 2010
- "Buying a Piece of Anthropology, Part One: Human Ecology and Unwitting Anthropological Research for the CIA". Anthropology Today 23(3):8–13. 2007
- "Buying a Piece of Anthropology, Part Two: Our Tortured Past". Anthropology Today 23(5):17–22. 2007
- "Pilfered scholarship devastates General Petraeus's counterinsurgency manual", CounterPunch, October 30, 2007, later republished in University of Chicago Press Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual
- "The CIA's University Spies", CounterPunch January 1, 2005, p 1–6
- "Subtle Means and Enticing Carrots: The Impact of Funding on American Cold War Anthropology". Critique of Anthropology 23(4):373–401. 2003