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Social Anthropology:


Joe Anderson

Joe Anderson
Joe Anderson
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Gun Culture, Gun Ownership, Embodiment and the anthropology of the body, California, Intergenerational Transmission, History, National Belonging, San Diego, Phenomenology, United States, America, Anthropology of the United States, ethnography

PhD Title

A Home on the Range; guns, masculinity, and the LGBT community in San Diego County

My research focuses on a gun rights organisation in San Diego, California, investigating the role that guns play in constructing gendered spaces, bodily orientations, and particular historical interpretations. 


Edinburgh University (2011 – 2015): First Class MA Social Anthropology 

University of California San Diego (2013-2014) - Socio/cultural Anthropology

Edinburgh University (2015 - 2016) - Distinction; Master of Science by Research

Edinburgh University (2016 - Present) - PhD Social Anthropology

Publications and Presentations

Anderson, J. 2016. "Book Review: Cold War Anthropology: The CIA, The Pentagon and the Growth of Dual Use Anthropology by David H. Price", LSE Review of Books. (

Anderson, J. 2015. "An Anthropology of US Gun Culture; The Productive Tension Between Ideology and Embodiment”, Groundings Ancients Journal, 3. (Prize for Best Article in Journal)

"Pulling the Trigger: The American Gun Violence Epidemic", Presenter at the 2014 UCSD Horizons of Global Health Conference


Gun Violence and Social Pathology - Co-Instructor with Professor Janis Jenkins;  University of California San Diego, Undergraduate Seminar,  Spring Quarter 2017

Title, Memberships and Affiliations

UCSD Gun Violence Intervention Group - A group that aims to investigate realistic solutions to gun violence in America. Clinton Global Initiative funded society associated with the University of California San Diego Global Health Programme.