David Edwards

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

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


ANTH 210 / ARAB 210 / GBST 210 / HIST 210 / REL 240

The Challenge of ISIS (not offered 2020/21)

ANTH 270

Object and Place/Memory and Nation (not offered 2020/21)

ANTH 335

In Between: The Ritual Construction of Identity and Difference (not offered 2020/21)

ANTH 347 / ASST 347

Tribe and State on the Afghan-Pakistan Border (not offered 2020/21)

Scholarship/Creative Work


    • Caravan of Martyrs: Sacrifice and Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan. University of California Press, 2017

    • Counterinsurgency as a Cultural System. Reprinted in Paul A. Erickson and Liam D. Murphy (editors), Readings for a History of Anthropological Theory (4th Edition), 2013

    • New Lessons from the Swat Pathans: State Building in Afghanistan, 1995-2010. In Benjamin Hopkins & Magnus Marsden (editors), Beyond Swat: History, Society and Economy along the Afghanistan-Pakistan Frontier, 2012.

    • Kabul Transit. Bullfrog Films, 2006.

    • Afghanistan, Ethnography, and the New World Order. Reprinted in Antonius C.G.M. Robben and Jeffrey A. Sluka (editors), Ethnogaphic Fieldwork: An Anthropological Reader, 2007.

    • Print Islam: Media and Religious Revolution in Afghanistan. Reprinted in June Nash (editor), Social Movements: An Anthropological Reader, 2005.



Awards, Fellowships & Grants

2012-2013       Fulbright Fellowship, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

2004-2005       Open Society Institute Fellowship

2003-2004       Carnegie Scholar, Carnegie Corporation of New York

1999                Williams Class of 1945 World Fellowship

1998-1999       National Endowment for the Humanities Resident Fellowship, School of

American Research, Santa Fe

Professional Affiliations

Board of Trustees, American University in Afghanistan