Dr. Andrew Bickford received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Rutgers University in 2002. Dr. Bickford conducts research on war, militarization, health, biotechnology, bioethics, and the state in the United States and Germany. His current research examines biotechnology research in the United States military, and the bioethics of the military’s efforts to develop and make “super soldiers.” Dr. Bickford’s fieldwork in Germany with former East German army officers examined how states “make” and “unmake” soldiers, and the experiences of military elites who had power and lost it.
Dr. Bickford was a 2017 Summer Institute of Museum Anthropology Faculty Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Bickford was a 2014-2015 Residential Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and from 2002-2004, a National Institutes of Mental Health post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Bickford has also received grants and fellowships from Fulbright, the Social Science Research Council, and Wenner-Gren.
Dr. Bickford is the author of Chemical Heroes: Pharmacological Supersoldiers in the US Military (Duke University Press, 2020, named a CHOICE Magazine 2021 Outstanding Academic Title) and Fallen Elites: The Military Other in Post-Unification Germany (Stanford University Press, 2011). He is also the co-author (with the Network of Concerned Anthropologists) of The Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual, or, Notes on Demilitarizing American Society (University of Chicago Press/Prickly Paradigm Press, 2009).