David Scott

Professor of Anthropology Columbia University
Board member Society of Fellows in the Humanities

David Scott is Professor of Anthropology and Fellow in the Institute for Research in African American Studies, Columbia University, New York. He is the author of a number of scholarly articles and three books,Formations of Ritual: Colonial and Anthropological Discourses on the Sinhala Yaktovil (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994); Refashioning Futures: Criticism after Postcoloniality (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999); and Conscripts of Modernity: The Tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004), and co-editor with Charles Hirschkind of Powers of the Secular Modern: Talal Asad and his Interlocutors (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006). He is also the editor of the journal Small Axe and director of the Small Axe Project, which is involved in a number of special initiatives around visual, translation, literary, and historiographical issues.