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Dr. Roberto Mazza Joins WIU History Faculty this Fall

Jul 15, 2009

Western Illinois University's History Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Roberto Mazza, most recently a Lecturer at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), has joined the WIU History Department, starting with the Fall 2009 semester, as our tenure-track Assistant Professor of Modern Middle East History.

Dr. Mazza received his Ph.D. in History from the University of London's SOAS in 2007, where he taught a variety of courses on the history of the Middle East. At WIU, Dr. Mazza will be teaching advanced undergraduate courses and graduate seminars on the history of the Modern Middle East as well as on Mediterranean history. He will also be teaching the Department's new 100-level survey course (History 144) on the history of the Middle Eastern region, available for Humanities or Multi-cultural General Education credit. He was a finalist for the SOAS Director's Teaching Prize in 2008, and looks forward to introducing WIU's students to the fascinating world of Middle East history.

Dr. Mazza's research interests include the Late Ottoman history of Palestine and Jerusalem, Christian institutions and communities in Palestine, and the impact of the First World War in the emergence of the modern Middle East. His book, Jerusalem: From the Ottomans to the British, will be published by I.B. Tauris Press this Fall. His article, "Churches at War: The Impact of the First World War on the Christian Institutions of Jerusalem, 1912-1920," was recently published in the Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. He has also recently published "Le Chiese di Gerusalemme nella Guerra Mondiale" in the October 2008 issue of the Italian journal Contemporanea: Il Mulino. He presented his paper on "Re-thinking Nationalism and Inter-Communal Relations in Late Ottoman Palestine" at the Middle East Studies Association Conference in November 2007.

A member of the Middle East Studies Association and the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, in his spare time Dr. Mazza enjoys refereeing basketball games.

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