- Guggenheim Fellow (1950)
David Bidney was hired at IU as an associate professor of anthropology and philosophy in 1950 and was a member of the faculty until he retired as an emeritus professor of anthropology and education in 1974. He received both his B.A. (1928) and M.A. (1929) from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. (1932) from Yale University. He was an instructor at Yale University from 1940 to 1942 and held other positions before settling in at IU for the remainder of his higher education career.
Bidney was an eminent Spinoza scholar and an active member of the academic community. He published articles, presented papers, and wrote books on both anthropology and philosophy. His most widely known work is the industry standard text, Theoretical Anthropology. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in anthropology and cultural studies in 1950, the same year he began his career at IU.
Bidney passed away on January 8, 1987.