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


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

ANTH 222 / REL 273

Heroes, Saints and Celebrity

ANTH 225

Visible Culture: Documentary and Nonfiction

ANTH 232

Town and Gown: Investigating the Relationship of College and Community

ANTH 270

Object and Place/Memory and Nation

ANTH 299 / REL 274

The Body in Power

ANTH 335

In Between: The Ritual Construction of Identity and Difference

ANTH 347 / ASST 347

Tribe and State on the Afghan-Pakistan Border

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.

Current Committees

  • Committee on Educational Affairs, Chair