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David Graeber ’82 (1961–2020)

Anthropologist David Graeber (1961–2020) was one of the most brilliant minds of his generation in his field.

He passed away at the age of 59

Graeber was known for his study of anarchy and probably best known for his role in coining the phrase “We are the 99%” during the early phases of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

He was the author of Bullshit Jobs: A Theory and Debt: The First 5,000 Years.

He also wrote Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value, Lost People, and Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire.

He had written for Harpers, The Nation, Mute, and The New Left Review.

Most recently, he was a professor at the London School of Economics.

Read his obituary in the New York Times.