Peter Knutson

Peter Knutson is an anthropologist and commercial fisherman from Everett, WA. He was educated in public schools, attended Stanford as an undergraduate and was indefinitely suspended by Stanford in 1972 for disrupting recruiting by a weapons manufacturer. He then studied in New York at New School for Social Research, attending classes taught by Murray Bookchin, Hannah Arendt, and Stanley Aronowitz, among others. In 1987 he received his doctorate in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Washington. His dissertation was an autoethnography of a mutiny on a commercial fishing vessel in the North Pacific, informed by Frankfurt School Critical Theory. He has taught in Seattle area community colleges since 1981 and has been tenured at Seattle Central College since 1998. He publishes articles dealing with politics and community in Seattle newspapers and in critical journals such as Counterpunch.