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David Graeber ’82

Renowned anthropologist who coined the expression, “We are the 99 percent.”

David Graeber ’82 (BA: Anthropology) is considered by many in the field of anthropology to be one of the most brilliant minds of his generation.

Graeber is known both for his work on value theory and anarchism. While it was a leaderless movement, he was one of several people who were involved in the early planning stages of Occupy Wall Street.

He is credited with having coined the slogan, “We are the 99 percent.” Graeber is currently a professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of Towards an Anthropological Theory of ValueLost People, and Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire. He has written for Harper’sThe NationMute, and The New Left Review.