David Scott teaches in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University. His work is concerned with rethinking the story of the colonial past for the postcolonial present. This has involved a variety of inquiries into tradition and generations, dialogue and criticism, self-determination and sovereignty, tragedy and temporality, and transitional justice and liberalism. He is the author of Formations of Ritual (1994), Refashioning Futures (1999), Conscripts of Modernity (2004), Omens of Adversity (2014), and Stuart Hall’s Voice: Intimation of an Ethics of Receptive Generosity (2017). Scott is the founder and editor of the journal Small Axe, and director of the Small Axe Project.