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Anarchist Anthropologist to Leave Yale Faculty

Outspoken Professor to Leave Yale Faculty

Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A professor who also is an outspoken anarchist has
agreed to leave Yale University this spring, dropping an appeal over
whether his termination was politically motivated.

David Graeber, one of the world's leading social anthropologists, said he
will teach two classes next semester, then take a yearlong paid
sabbatical, after which he will not return.
"Normally, you get a sabbatical on the condition that you come back and
teach the following year," Graeber said. "I'm getting the sabbatical on
the condition that I don't come back and teach."

Yale spokesman Tom Conroy said he could not immediately confirm the

Graeber, 44, who has taught at Yale since 1998, is a prolific writer, and
his work on value theory is taught worldwide. The London School of
Economics recently asked him to give a lecture reserved for the most
promising young anthropologists.

When Yale's anthropology department recently told Graeber not to return
next year, scholars worldwide wrote letters of support, some suggesting
Yale was letting politics influence its hiring.

Yale officials have not discussed their reasons for terminating Graeber,
and he said he has never learned why. Dozens of the school's 250
non-tenured professors come up for contract renewal each year.

Graeber said relationships with his peers became strained after he joined
activist groups and began appearing at anti-globalization protests and in
newspaper articles. He carries an Industrial Workers of the World union

Colleagues also expressed concerns about his turning in grades late or
coming late to class, he said.

His final two classes will be an introduction to anthropology and a course
titled "Direct Action and Radical Social Theory."