David Scott

David Scott

Research Interest

Research Sub-interest

Friendship, Moral Theory, Biography


Caribbean; Sri Lanka


David Scott is Professor of Anthropology 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), Conscripts of Modernity: The Tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004), and is coeditor 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.


New School for Social Research, PhD in Anthropology, 1989
University of the West Indies at Mona, BSc in Government, 1980

2017. Stuart Hall's Voice: Intimations of an Ethics of Receptive Generosity. Durham: Duke University Press. 

2014. Omens of Adversity: Tragedy, Time, Memory, Justice. Durham: Duke University Press.

2004. Conscripts of Modernity: The Tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment. Durham: Duke University Press. 

1999. Refashioning Futures: Criticism After Postcoloniality. Princeton: Princeton University Press.