David W. Montgomery

Visiting Scholar at the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, George Mason University

David W. Montgomery is the Director of Program Development for CEDAR--Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion; an American Association for the Advancement of Science Policy Fellow; Associate with the Central Asia Program at George Washington University; and Visiting Scholar at the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University.

He has conducted long-term anthropological field research in Central Asia and the Balkans, where his work focuses on the transmission of religious and cultural knowledge; the expressions of everyday religious life; and the social aspects of religious change. He has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Emory University, and Boston University.

His publications include: Living with Difference: How to Build Community in a Divided World (2015, University of California Press, coauthored with Adam Seligman and Rahel Wasserfall); Practicing Islam: Knowledge, Experience, and Social Navigation in Kyrgyzstan (forthcoming, University of Pittsburgh Press); Negotiating Well-being in Central Asia (2013, editor; special issue of Central Asian Survey); and The Politics of Well-being in Central Asia (2015, editor; special issue of Central Asian Affairs).

Experience

  • 2006–present
    Director of Program Development, CEDAR—Communities Engaging with Diference and Religion

Publications

  • 2015
    Living with Difference: How to Build Community in a Divided World, University of California Press