David Edwards

James N. Lambert '39 Professor of Anthropology
Hollander Hall Rm 326


B.A. Princeton University (1975)
M.A. University of Michigan (1979)
Ph.D. University of Michigan, Anthropology (1986)

Areas of Expertise

  • Documentary film & visual culture
  • Humanitarianism & post-conflict societies
  • Near East and South Asia

Current Committees

Committee on Academic Standing (2014-2015)

Scholarship/Creative Work


  • “Summoning Muslims: Print, Politics, and Religious Ideology in Afghanistan.” Journal of Asian Studies 53(3), 1993.
  • “Words in the Balance: The Poetics of Political Dissent in Afghanistan.” In: D. Eickelman, ed., Russia’s Muslim Frontiers, Indiana University Press, 1993.
  • “Afghanistan, Ethnography, and the New World Order.” Cultural Anthropology 9(3): 1-16, 1994.
  • Heroes of the Age: Moral Fault Lines on the Afghan Frontier (University of California Press, 1996).
  • “Learning from the Swat Pathans: Political Leadership in Afghanistan, 1978-97.” American Ethnologist, 1999.
  • Before Taliban: Genealogies of the Afghan Jihad. (University of California Press; 2002)
  • “Print Islam: Media and Religious Revolution in Afghanistan.” In Social Movements: An Anthropological Reader, June Nash, ed. (Blackwell, 2005).
  • Kabul Transit (2006). DVD 2007, Bullfrog Films.