Thomas Barfield is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Boston University, where he also directs the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilization. Tom is also the current President of the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (AIAS). He received his PhD from Harvard University.
Tom has published extensively on Afghanistan. Notably, he is the author of The Central Asian Arabs of Afghanistan (1981) and co-author of Afghanistan: An Atlas of Indigenous Domestic Architecture (1991). His most recent book is Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History (Princeton, 2010).