David Edwards

W. Van Alan Clark '41 Third Century Professor in the Social Sciences
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


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

ANTH 222 / REL 273 (F)

Heroes, Saints and Celebrity

ANTH 225 (F)

Visible Culture: Documentary and Nonfiction

ANTH 270 (S)

Object and Place/Memory and Nation

ANTH 299 / REL 274 (S)

Ritual, Power and Transgression

ANTH 335 (S)

In Between: The Ritual Construction of Identity and Difference

ANTH 347 / ASST 347 (F)

Tribe and State on the Afghan-Pakistan Border

ANSO 402 (S)

Senior Seminar

Current Committees

Honor and Discipline Committee (2013-2014)

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.