- Member, Board of Trustees, American Institute of Afghanistan Studies, 2006-2008.
- Advisory Board, Afghanistan Digital Library, New York University, 2003-present.
- Associate Member, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago, 1987-present.
- Member, American Anthropological Association, 1967-present.
- Fellow, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, 1970-present.
- Member, Middle Eastern Studies Association of North America, 1982-present.
- Member, International Society for Iranian Studies, 1996-present.
- President, Afghanistan Studies Association in the United States, 1975.
- Ethnographic Research
2004 Editor, special issue on Afghanistan. Iranian Studies 37(2). (author’s preface and an article [see below under articles).
1982 Annotated Bibliography of Afghanistan, Fourth Edition Revised. New Haven: Human Relations Area Files Press. Pp. xv+545.
1976 Historical and Cultural Dictionary of Afghanistan. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press. Pp. viii+141.
2012 Peace Corps and the destructive American imperial stupor in Afghanistan. Anthropology News, March 2012 (online).
2011 Vending distorted Afghanistan through patriotic ‘anthropology’. Critique of Anthropology 31(3): 256-270.
2010 Kandahar—20th Century. 1901-1973. Encyclopaedia Iranica, Volume 15: 487-490.
2008 Jat. Encyclopaedia Iranica. Volume 14: 589-592. Jerga. Encyclopaedia Iranica, Volume 14: 630-632.
2007 Jabbar Khel. Encyclopaedia Iranica, Volume 12: 310-312.
2005 Interrogating Conventional Wisdom About Terrorism, Anthropology News, September 2005, p.7.
2004a Editing the Past: Colonial Production of Hegemony Through the Loya Jerga in Afghanistan. Iranian Studies 37(2): 299-322.
2004b What Caused the Collapse of the State Infra-Structure of Afghanistan, Anthropology News, January, p. 6-7.
2004c Helmand River (Geography). Encyclopaedia Iranica. Volume 11:170-171.
2002 Ghorband. Encyclopaedia Iranica. Volume 11: 137-138.
2001 Ghalzi. Encyclopaedia Iranica. Volume 10: 670-672.
2000 Gandapur. Encyclopaedia Iranica. Volume 10: 266-267.
2000 Gandapur, Sher Mohammad Khan. Encyclopaedia Iranica. Volume 10:267.
Foreign Policy of Afghanistan. Encyclopaedia Iranica (supplement).
Gandomak, Treaty of. Encyclopaedia Iranica (supplement)
1982 Cultural Values and Family Relations in Kamari, Afghanistan. Afghanistan Journal 9(2):1-7.
1977 Philippine Studies in the USSR: Some General Observations. Philippine Studies Bulletin 6(1): 15-17.
1976 An Ideal Model for the Analysis of Sociocultural Processes in ‘Purposive’ Social Systems. Eastern Anthropologist 29(4): 353-360.
1974 a The Central Asian City and its Role in Cultural Transformation. Afghanistan Council, Asia Society, No. 6, Pp. 1-10.
1974b An Appraisal of Formal and Structural Kinship Analysis. International Journal of the Sociology of the Family 4(2):53-57.
1974c Child Rearing Patterns Among Pushtuns of Afghanistan. International Journal of the Sociology of the Family1(1):53-57.
Chapters in Books:
2010 Cuases and Consequences of the Destabilization of Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, 1979-2009: In the Grip of Conflict. The Middle East Institute: Washington, D. C. Pp. 23-26.
2005 Foreword. Real Men Keep Their Word: Tales From Kabul, Afghanistan. A Selection of Dari Short Stories by Akram Osman. Translated by Arley Loewen. Karachi: Oxford University Press. Pp. vii-xvii.
2004 Preface to the special issue on Afghanistan. Iranian Studies 37 (2):197-198.
2000 Anthropology and the Representations of Recent Migrations from Afghanistan. In Rethinking Refugee and Displacement: Selected Papers on Refugees and Immigrants, Volume VIII, edited by Elzbieta M. Gozdziak and Dianna J. Shandy. Arlington, VA: American Anthropological Association. Pp. 291-321.
1982 Islam in Contemporary Afghanistan. In The Crescent in the East. R. Israeli, ed. Pp. 23-35. London: Curzon Press.
1978 The Family in Afghanistan. In The Family in Asia. P. D. Bardis and M. S. Das, eds. Pp. 47-69. London: George Allen and Unwen.
1979 Cultural Diversity, Conflicting Ideologies, and Transformational Processes in Afghanistan. In The Nomadic Alternative. W. Weissleder, ed. Pp. 387-396. The Hague: Mouton.
1976 Pre-industrial Kabul: Its Structure and Function in Transformational Processes in Afghanistan. In The Mutual Interaction of People and Their Built Environment. Amos Rapaport, ed. Pp. 441-451. The Hague: Mouton.
1970 Research Report on City-Village Symbiosis: Ecological Adaptations in Afghanistan. In Annual Report of the American Philosophical Society, Pp. 413-414. Philadelphia.
2011 Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History, 2010, by Thomas Barfield. South Asia Multidisciplinary Journal (online). http://samaj.revues.orgindex3147.html
2011 Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History, 2010, by Thomas Barfield. The Australian Journal of Anthropology 22(3): 433-35.
2009 The “Great Satan” vs. the “Mad Mullah”: How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other, 2005, by William O. Beeman. Iranian Studies 42(2): 344-347.
2008 The Other Shiites: From the Mediterranean to Central Asia, 2007, By Alessandro Monsutti, et al (eds). Middle East Journal 62(3): 539-540.
2006a War and Migration: Social Networks and Economic Strategies of the Hazaras of Afghanistan, 2004, by Alessandro Monsutti. Middle East Journal 60(2): 369-370.
2006b The Afghans, 2002, by Willem Vogelsang. Iranian Studies 39(1): 124-125.
2004 Before Taliban: Genealogies of the Afghan Jihad, 2002, by David B. Edwards. American Anthropologist 106(1): 185-187.
2002a Religious Response to Social Change in Afghanistan, 1919-29: King Aman-Allah and the Afghan Ulama, 1999, by Senzil K. Nawid. Middle East Journal 56(4): 704-705.
2002b Reaping the Whirlwind: The Taliban Movement in Afghanistan, 2001, by Michael Griffin; Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil & Fundamentalism in Central Asia, 2000, by Ahmed Rashid. Middle East Journal 56(2):329-332.
2000a State and Tribe in Nineteenth Century Afghanistan, 1997, by Christine Noelle. Iranian Studies 33(3-4): 488-492.
2000b State, Society and Democracy in Morocco: The Limits of Associative Life, 1998, by Azzedine Layachi. Middle East Journal 54(1):135-137.
1988 Islam and Resistance in Afghanistan, 1986, by Olivier Roy. The Muslim World 79(2): 151-152.
1985 Religion and Politics in Muslim Society Order and Conflict in Pakistan, 1983, by Akbar S. Ahmed. American Anthropologist 83(1):195-197.
1981 Low Key Politics: Local Level Leadership and Change in the Middle East, 1983, by Richard T. Antoun. American Anthropologist 83(1):159.
1979 Images and Self Images: Male and Female in Morocco, 1978, by D. H. Dwyer. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, volume 444, July, Pp. 151-152.
1976 Afghanistan, 1973, by Louis Dupree. American Anthropologist 78(2):423-424.
“Tribe and Community Among the Ghilzai Pushtuns (Anthropos, Volume 70), 1975, by Jon W. Anderson. Newsletter of the Afghanistan Council, Asia Society 4(3):20-21.
1971a Tradition and Modernization: A Challenge for Law Among the Dinka of the Sudan, 1971, by F. M. Deng. American Anthropologist 74 (6):1430-1431.
1972b The Urban Experience and Folk Tradition, 1971, edited by A. Paredes and E. J. Stekert. Urban Anthropology 1(2):54-55.
1971 Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East (two volumes), 1970, edited by Louise E. Sweet. American Anthropologist 73(4):861-862.
1970 A Bibliography of Nuristan (Kafiristan) and the Kalash Kafirs of Chitral, Part Two, 1969, by Schuyler Jones. America Anthropologist 72(4):913-914.
1969 The Emergence of Modern Afghanistan, 1969, by Vartan Gregorian. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, volume 433, September, Pp. 288-289.
1968a Contemporary Change in Traditional Societies (Volume 2), 1968, edited by Julian H. Steward. Journal of Developing Areas 3(2):252-255.
1968b Islam Observed: Religious Development in Morocco and Indonesia, 1968, by Clifford Geertz. Journal of Developing Areas 3(3): 447- 448.
1968c Political Order in Changing Societies, 1968, by Samuel Huntington. Journal of Developing Areas 3(3):422-423.
1968d An Islamic Response to Imperialism: Political and Religious Writings of Sayyid Jamal ad-Din “al-Afghani”, 1968, by Nikki R. Keddie, The Asian Student, December 15, p. 8.
1962 Afghanistan: Its People, Its Society, Its Culture, 1962, by Donald N. Wilber The Asian Student, December 15, p. 8.
Brief Notes and Commentaries:
2005 In Response to Robert L. Canfield. American Anthropologist 107(3):552-553.
2002a Taleban—not Taliban. Anthropology News. April, p. 3.
2002b Tabsera bar “Naqsh-e yak moshawer-e khub” (Farsi, Comments on the “role of a good advisor”). Omaid Weekly (Alexandria, VA), No. 516, p. 3.
2001 Olympics: Rigged? Anthropology News. January, pp. 3-4.
2000 (Post)Modern Ethnography: Science or Colonialism. Anthropology News. December, p. 3.
1996 Lilam-e osar-e bastani-ye Afghanistan (Farsi, the auction of ancient artifacts of Afghanistan). Omaid Weekly (Alexandria, VA), No, 204, pp. 7 & 12.
1989 Reply to Ahmed. American Anthropologist 90 (1):166-167.
1987 Rejoinder to Ahmed. American Anthropologist 89(2):453-454.
1972 (Comment), The Emergence of Self-Consciousness in Ethnography, by D. Nash and R. Wintrob. Current Anthropology 13(5):335-336.