Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies in the Department of History at Columbia University since 2003, where he also served as Director of the Middle East Institute, and was one of the founding co-Directors of the new Center for Palestine Studies. He has taught at the Lebanese University, the American University of Beirut, Georgetown University, and for 16 years at the University of Chicago. He is past President of the Middle East Studies Association; was an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the 1991-1993 Arab-Israeli peace negotiations; and is the editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies.
Khalidi is the author of six books, including 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), and Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness, reissued in 2010 with a new introduction, and has co-edited two other books. He has written over a hundred articles on aspects of Middle Eastern history. He is currently working on a book on United States policy and the Palestine question over the past 35 years.
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