Robert Crews was named by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as one of the 2009 Carnegie Scholars selected for influential ideas and enhancing public discourse about Islam. He aims to understand how the mobility and interconnectedness of Muslims have intersected with the politics of empires, states, nations, and locales. His research challenges predominant American frameworks for understanding Muslim identities of a unified “Muslim world”, on one hand, and the nation-state on the other hand.
Crews’ research interests include Muslim networks, Empire, Afghanistan, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Iran, and he is the author of several books and articles on these topics, including For Prophet and Tsar: Islam and Empire in Russia and Central Asia (Harvard University Press, 2006) and co-editor, with Amin Tarzi, of The Taliban and the Crisis of Modern Afghanistan (Harvard University Press, 2008). His most recent publication,"Trafficking in Evil? The Global Arms Trade and the Politics if Disorder" is forthcoming in the book Global Islam in the Age of Steam and Print, 1850-1930, to be published by University of California Press.
Crews is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Library of Congress Fellowship in International Studies in Spring, 2003; a William H. and Frances Green Faculty Fellowship at Stanford in 2006-2007; the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching for First Years of Teaching at Stanford in 2006-2007; and a Dean’s Fellowship in the Humanities at Stanford in 2007-2008.
Under the Drones: Modern Lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands, co-edited with Shahzad Bashir. Harvard University Press, 2012
The Taliban and the Crisis of Modern Afghanistan, co-edited with Amin Tarzi. Harvard University Press, 2008
For Prophet and Tsar: Islam and Empire in Russia and Central Asia. Harvard University Press, 2006
Prof. Crews in the News
Audio and Video
Riz Khan Show on Al Jazeera English, September 3, 2009
The World on PRI, February 12, 2009
KQED Forum with Michael Krasny, February 11, 2008
KQED Forum with Michael Krasny, January 30, 2007
Robert Crews, associate professor of History at Stanford, interviews Stéphane Dudoignon, FSI-Stanford Humanties Center International Visitor 2011
Scholars from the United States and Ukraine and Moldova's ambassador to the United Nations offer nuanced perspectives on the Ukrainian protests in the spring of 2014, and discuss Ukraine and Russia's interconnected history, the emergence of a new Russian foreign policy, and the legacy of the Euromaidan movement within Ukraine.