Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University, and the head of Columbia’s Middle East Institute. He received a B.A. from Yale University, where he was a member of Wolf’s Head Society, in 1970, and a D. Phil. from Oxford University in 1974 and spent many years as a professor and director of both the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Center for International Studies at the University of Chicago before joining the Columbia faculty. He has also taught at Georgetown University, Lebanese University, and the American University of Beirut, and served as an advisor at the Madrid Conference of 1991 between the U.S., Israel, Palestinians and Arab states.
Khalidi has written dozens of scholarly articles on Middle East history and politics, as well as op-ed pieces in many U.S. Newspapers. His book, ?Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness? (1997), won the Middle East Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Prize as best book of 1997. Khalidi served as president of the American Committee on Jerusalem, now known as the American Task Force on Palestine, and is currently editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies. He served as President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America in 1994.
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