Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Catherine Lutz

Catherine Lutz

Catherine Lutz

Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Family Professor of International Studies
Professor of Anthropology


Professor Lutz is the author or co-author of many books and articles on a range of issues, including security and militarization, gender violence, education, and transportation.  Writing and speaking widely in a variety of media, she has also consulted with civil society organizations as well as with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the government of Guam. She is past president of the American Ethnological Society and was selected as a Guggenheim Fellow and a Radcliffe Fellow.


Professor Lutz's research has focused on the transformations of war, as well as on peacekeeping and gender, military basing and anti-basing social movements, photographic representations of the world of nations, and car cultures and political economy.

She is currently leading a large interdisciplinary project on the human, social, and financial costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The Costs of War project has brought together over 45 scholars and practitioners from across the social sciences with expertise in these areas, and their research output is available at costsofwar.org.

Current Projects

Re-Examining Global Policy Agendas via Interactive, South-Initiated North-South Dialogues

Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Peacekeeping

Costs of War


Producing States of Security. Anthropological Theory, 2017, forthcoming. 

What Matters. Cultural Anthropology, 2017, 32 (2): 181-191. 

Militarization. International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, 2017, in press.

The Empire of Choice and the Emergence of Military Dissent. In John Collins and Carol McGranahan, eds. Ethnographies of US Empire. Durham: Duke University Press, 2017, in press (with Matthew Gutmann).

US Reconstruction Aid for Afghanistan: The Dollars and Sense. Costs of War, (with Sujaya Desai), Watson Institute for International Studies Working Papers Series, 2015, and www.costsofwar.org

Schooled: Ordinary, Extraordinary Teaching in an Age of Change (with Anne Fernandez). New York: Teachers College Press, 2015.

The U.S. Car Colossus and the Production of Inequality. American Ethnologist, 2014, 41 (2): 232-45.

Cars and Transport: The Car-Made City. In Donald Nonini, ed. Blackwell Companion to Urban Anthropology. New York: Blackwell, 2014, pp. 142-53.

War. In The Anthropology of Morality. Didier Fassin, ed. New York: Blackwell, 2012 (with Kathleen Millar). 

News|Recent News

Trump’s Budget Puts Lives at Risk (co-authored by Cathy Lutz)

May 23, 2017 US New and World Report

Catherine Lutz in US News, "Our safety as a nation depends as much or more on a healthy, well-educated population as it does on the force of arms. Given this reality, the new budget's sharp reductions in programs that address the needs of low-income families and individuals are blows to our nation's basic security."


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