TEDxBerlin 2010 "Fantastic Reality: How We Shape Our Future" - "Shadow Elites"
Janine R. Wedel writes about power, influence, and governing through the unique lens of a social anthropologist. A professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University and senior research fellow at the New America Foundation, Wedel is the first anthropologist to win the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.
Her new book Shadow Elite: How the World's New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market (Basic Books 2009) was named Book of the Month by The Huffington Post in January.
Wedel has contributed congressional testimony and articles and opinion pieces to more than a dozen major outlets, including The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal Europe. She writes a featured weekly shadow elite column in The Huffington Post.
Wedel developed and directs the initiative on Outsourcing National Security at the New America Foundation. She is co-founder and convener of the Interest Group for the Anthropology of Public Policy (IGAPP).
She received a B.A. from Bethel College, an M.A. from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.