David Edwards

David Edwards
James N. Lambert '39 Professor of Anthropology
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Education

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

Courses

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

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

Professional Affiliations

Board of Trustees, American University in Afghanistan