Catherine Lutz is the Thomas J. Watson Jr. Family Professor of Anthropology and International Studies at Brown University. She co-founded and directs the Costs of War Project which examines the human, economic, and social impacts of the post-9/11 wars at Brown’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. She is the author or editor of a number of prize-winning books, including Homefront: A Military City and the American 20th Century, Unnatural Emotions, Reading National Geographic, War and Health, and The Empire of Bases and other work on security and militarization, gender violence, photography, education, and transportation. She has served on the United Nations Secretary General's Expert Mission to evaluate risks to prevention efforts against sexual exploitation and abuse in UN peacekeeping missions in Africa and the Caribbean. She has consulted more generally with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations on sexual exploitation and abuse among peacekeepers and with the government of Guam on the U.S. military’s impact on the island. She is past president of the American Ethnological Society, the oldest organization of cultural anthropologists in the US, and has been selected as both a Guggenheim Fellow and a Radcliffe Fellow.