Tom is author of The Central Asian Arabs of Afghanistan (1981), The Perilous Frontier: Nomadic Empires and China (1989) and co-author of Afghanistan: An Atlas of Indigenous Domestic Architecture (1991). Professor of Anthropology at Boston University, Barfield is also President of the American Institute for Afghanistan Studies. Since 2001 his research has focused on problems of law and political development in contemporary Afghanistan. In 2007 Barfield received a Guggenheim Fellowship that supported the research for his new book, Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History (Princeton, 2010). His membership on Barakat’s Board enables him to further education in rural Afghanistan and repay in a small way the debts he owes to the people there. Tom received his PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University.