Graeber is an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University, although Yale has controversially declined to rehire him, and his term there will end in June 2007.
He is the author of “Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology” and “Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value: The False Coin of Our Own Dreams”. He has done extensive anthropological work in Madagascar, writing his doctoral thesis (“The Disastrous Ordeal of 1987: Memory and Violence in Rural Madagascar”) on the continuing social division between the descendants of nobles and the descendants of former slaves. A book based on his dissertation, “Lost People: Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar” is due out from Indiana University Press in May. As of January 2007, he is preparing four books for future publication.
Graeber has a history of social and political activism, including his role in protests against the World Economic Forum in New York City (2002) and membership in the radical labor union Industrial Workers of the World.