Robert Crews

Professor of History
Robert D. Crews is an historian whose research and teaching interests focus on Afghanistan, Central and South Asia, Russia, Islam, and Global History. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he received an MA from Columbia University and a PhD degree in History from Princeton University.

He is the author of Afghan Modern: The History of a Global Nation (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2015) and For Prophet and Tsar: Islam and Empire in Russia and Central Asia (Harvard University Press, 2006) and co-editor of Under the Drones: Modern Lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands (Harvard University Press, 2012) and The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan (Harvard University Press, 2008). His work has also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The New York Times.

A 2009 Carnegie Scholar, Crews received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching for First Years of Teaching, 2006-2007, the El Centro Chicano Faculty Appreciation Award in 2011, and the Stanford College Prep Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award, Summer 2012.

His course offerings in 2018-2019 include “The Global Drug Wars,” “Russian Rebels,” "Religion, Violence, and Empire," and an Introductory Seminar, "Terrorism."


(650) 724-5435
Central and Inner Asia
Global, Transnational, and International History
Immigration, Borderlands, and Frontiers

Journal  Article on America's Afghan Refugee Crisis, Foreign Press, 2018

Journal Article on Kabul's New Street Politics, Foreign Affairs, November 2015

Book Chapter - “The Russian Worlds of Islam,” Islam and the European Empires, ed., David Motadel (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Journal Article on  Moscow and the Mosque: Co-opting Muslims in Putin's Russia