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Rashid Khalidi

Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, where he has served as chair of the History Department and Director of the Middle East Institute, and was a co-founder of the Center for Palestine Studies.  He has taught at the Lebanese University, the American University of Beirut, Georgetown University and the University of Chicago, where he directed the Middle East Center and the Center for International Studies.  He received a B.A. in History from Yale University in 1970 and a D. Phil. in Modern History from Oxford University in 1974. Khalidi is co-editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and was President of the Middle East Studies Association, and an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993.  He has received fellowships and grants from the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the American Research Center in Egypt, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, and was recipient of a Fulbright research award. He has sponsored or co-sponsored more than fifty PhD dissertations, and was second or third reader of about fifty others.

Rashid Khalidi is author of eight books, most of which have been translated into multiple languages: The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017 [2020: MEMO Palestine Book Award]; Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East [2013: Lionel Trilling Book Award; MEMO Palestine Book Award]; Sowing Crisis: American Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East [2009]; The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood [2006]; Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America’s Perilous Path in the Middle East [2004]; Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness [1997: Middle East Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Prize, 1997; reissued with a new introduction, 2010]; Under Siege: PLO Decision-making during the 1982 War [1986; reissued with new preface, 2014]; and British Policy towards Syria and Palestine, 1906-1914 [1980]. He co-edited Palestine and the Gulf [1982], The Origins of Arab Nationalism [1991] and The Other Jerusalem: Rethinking the History of the Sacred City [2020].  

Khalidi has written over a hundred scholarly articles and book chapters on Middle Eastern history and politics, and opinion pieces in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Vanguardia, The London Review of Books, and The Nation. He has been interviewed in Le Monde, Haaretz, Milliyet, al-Quds, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He has been a guest on numerous radio and TV shows including All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, Morning Edition, The News Hour, The Charlie Rose Show, GPS with Fareed Zakaria, Amanpour on CNN International, and Nightline, and on the BBC, Radio France Inter and France Culture, the CBC, al-Jazeera, al-‘Arabiyya, Russia Today, and the Voice of America.

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