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Dept. of Anthropology and Sociology | George Mason University
Presentation: Triumph of the Pill: Synthetic Life and Biotechnology in the United States Military

Dr. Bickford received his B.A. in Anthropology from George Mason University in 1993, an M.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Rutgers University in 2002. From 2002-2004, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. He is a cultural and medical anthropologist, and conducts research on war, militarization, the state, identity, memory, health, and technology in Germany and the United States.  Dr. Bickford’s fieldwork in Germany with former East German army officers examined how states “make” and “unmake” soldiers, and the experiences of elites who had power and lost it.  At Berkeley, Dr. Bickford was part of a mixed-methods research group at the Prevention Research Center, which investigated the relationship between risky sexual behavior and alcohol consumption in the US Navy. He also conducted research on war, memory, and alcohol with US military veterans, and the health consequences of military service.  His next project examines conceptions of health, biotechnology, and psychopharmaceutical research in the United States military. Dr. Bickford was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Potsdam and a Fellow at the Social Science Research Council Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. He has also received grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Rutgers University.  Dr. Bickford is a founding member of the Network of Concerned Anthropologists.