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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Joe Anderson

Joe Anderson
Joe Anderson
Social Anthropology School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Gun Culture, Gun Ownership, Embodiment and the anthropology of the body, California, History, National Belonging, San Diego, Phenomenology, United States, America, Anthropology of the United States, ethnography, Anthropology of ethics

PhD Title

A Home on the Range; Guns, Masculinity, and the LGBT Community in San Diego County

PhD Title

Guns Ownership and Activism in San Diego: gender, ethics, and embodiment

My research focuses on a gun rights organisation in San Diego, California, investigating the role that guns play in constructing gendered spaces, embodied states, and ethical orientations. 


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

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

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

The University of Edinburgh (2016 - Present) - PhD Social Anthropology

Publications and Presentations

Anderson, J. 2018. "We Need to Talk About Gun Violence; Reflections on Terminology and Contexts of Violence, Somatosphere. 

Anderson, J. 2017. "Gun Owners, Ethics, and the Problem fo Evil: a response to the Las Vegas shooting", Hau; Journal of Ethnographic Theory, (3), (

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 and course designer with Professor Janis Jenkins;  University of California San Diego, Undergraduate Seminar,  Spring Quarter 2017

Empires - Tutor, Undergraduate Course in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh, 2017

Social Anthropology 1B: Anthropology Matters - Tutor, Undergraduate Course in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh, 2018

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.