George Spindler

George Dearborn Spindler was a leading figure in 20th-century anthropology and regarded as the founder of the anthropology of education.[1][2] He edited a very large series of short monographs, turning nearly every significant ethnographic text of the 20th century into a shorter work accessible to the public and to anthropology students everywhere.[citation needed] He was one of the first to teach courses on the anthropology of American culture (culture of the United States).[citation needed] Nearly all of his publications and activities were in collaboration with his wife, Louise.[citation needed]

Spindler was originally trained as a psychologist, but departed from traditional psychological methods to do participant-observation with the Menominee.[1]

He was at one time the editor of American Anthropologist.[3] He died on July 1, 2014 at the age of 94 (Turan, 2014[4])


  1. ^ a b Trueba, Enrique T. (2004). The new Americans. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 119. ISBN 978-0-7425-2884-0.
  2. ^ McDermott, Ray (June 2008). "Reading George Spindler". Anthropology & Education Quarterly. Blackwell Publishing. 39 (2): 117–126. doi:10.1111/j.1548-1492.2008.00011.x.
  3. ^ "Special Publications of the AAA: A Brief History". 2011-07-27. Archived from the original on 2012-09-22. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
  4. ^ Turan, Julia. "George Spindler, Stanford professor emeritus of anthropology and education, has died at 94". Retrieved 16 August 2017.