David Faust, he/him/his South Asia and Middle East Librarian

Full position title(s)
Librarian for South Asia and Middle East, Interim Librarian for Southeast Asia, Collections Coordinator for Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Professional Programs
Libraries department
Arts, Humanities, and Area Studies
Subject Librarian for
South Asian Studies
Middle East Studies
Southeast Asian Studies


David Faust is the go-to person for members of the University of Minnesota and the broader community who have questions about the countries of South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), the modern Middle East region and (interim) East and Southeast Asia. He works with instructors and students on research, course resources, and creates web resources to support research and teaching. He also resolves problems with access to books, journals, databases, and other resources in his subject area; makes purchasing decisions; and takes requests for new materials.


PhD. Geography, University of Minnesota (Fieldwork in India)

MA. South Asian Languages, University of Minnesota (Fieldwork in India)

MA. Economics, University of Iowa

BS. Economics and International Studies, Iowa State University (Field study in Pakistan)

Service to professional organizations

South Asia Open Archives (SAOA): Executive Board Chair

Selected presentations and publications

Sheppard, Eric, Philip W. Porter, David R. Faust, and Richa Nagar. 2009. A World of Difference: Encountering and Contesting Development. New York: Guilford.