Librarian for South Asia and Middle East, Interim Librarian for East and Southeast Asia, Collections Coordinator for Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Professional Programs

Ames Library of South Asia; S10 Wilson Library


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) or about the modern Middle East region. He works with instructors and students on courses 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 Co-Chair

Selected Presentations & Publications

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