James N. Lambert '39 Professor of Anthropology
M.A. University of Michigan (1979)
Ph.D. University of Michigan, Anthropology (1986)
Areas of Expertise
- Political violence
- Documentary film & visual culture
- Humanitarianism & post-conflict societies
- Near East and South Asia
ANTH 208 / ASIA 208 / GBST 208 / PSCI 220 SEMThe U.S. and Afghanistan: A Post-Mortem (not offered 2021/22)
ANTH 210 / ARAB 210 / GBST 210 / HIST 210 / REL 240 LECThe Challenge of ISIS (not offered 2021/22)
ANTH 222 / REL 273 SEMHeroes, Saints and Celebrity (not offered 2021/22)
ANTH 225 SEMWays of Seeing (not offered 2021/22)
ANTH 232 SEMTown and Gown: Investigating the Relationship of College and Community (not offered 2021/22)
ANTH 270 SEMObject and Place/Memory and Nation (not offered 2021/22)
ANTH 299 / REL 274 SEMRitual, Power and Transgression (not offered 2021/22)
ANTH 335 SEMIn Between: The Ritual Construction of Identity and Difference (not offered 2021/22)
ANTH 347 / ASIA 347 SEMTribe and State on the Afghan-Pakistan Border (not offered 2021/22)
SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS & DOCUMENTARIES
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
Board of Trustees, American University in Afghanistan