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Area study centers and other postwar regroupings of social scientists studying questions of interest to State, Defense, and intelligence organizations impacted a variety of postwar anthropologists. Some area study centers, like MIT’s Center for International Studies (CENIS) or Harvard’s Russian Research Center, were later discovered to have covert connections or funding ties to the CIA. The intermingling of intelligence and military concerns with area studies research provided the backdrop for many important anthropological research projects, including the Modjokuto Project, and Defense Department funding financed the Research in Contemporary Cultures project at Columbia University, reshaping anthropological approaches to large-scale team research projects.

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