is an American
scholar of Middle Eastern
history. He has been a faculty member in the department of history at the University of California
, Los Angeles
) since 1995 and has written extensively on the history of the modern Middle East
, with particular emphasis on nationalism and the social and cultural history of the modern Middle East.
Gelvin earned his B.A. from Columbia University
in 1983, M.A. from the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University in 1985, and Ph.D. from Harvard University
Before joining the faculty at UCLA, Gelvin taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT), Boston College
, and Harvard University
He has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
(1999-2000) and the recipient of a U.C. President’s Fellowship in the Humanities (1999-2000). In 2002-3, he was Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Visiting Professor of History at the American University in Beirut
In 1998 Gelvin received the Faculty Excellence Award, presented by the UCLA chapter of Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society.
"Dirty Thirty" project
Gelvin responded to a controversy surrounding the content of his lectures by limiting taping of his class lectures to registered students only.
Works by Gelvin
- Gelvin, James L. (2005). The Israel-Palestine Conflict: 100 Years of War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-61804-5.
- Gelvin, James L. (2004). The Modern Middle East: A History. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-516789-9.
- Gelvin, James L. (1998). Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-21070-0.
“The Politics of Notables Forty Years After,” Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, (June 2006).
“Globalization, Religion, and Politics in the Middle East: The Current Crisis in Historical Perspective,” Global
Development Studies (Winter 2004/Spring 2005).
“Islamism and Nationalism: Common Roots, Common Destinies,” Beiruter Blaetter: Mitteilungen des Orient-
Institutes Beirut, 10-11 (March 2004).
“Zionism and the Representation of ‘Jewish Palestine’ at the New York World’s Fair, 1939-1940,” The
International History Review XXII:1 (March 2000).
"Modernity and Its Discontents: On the Durability of Nationalism in the Arab Middle East," Nations and
Nationalism 5:1 (January 1999).
"The League of Nations and the Question of National Identity in the Fertile Crescent," in World Affairs (Summer
"The Social Origins of Popular Nationalism in Syria: Evidence for a New Framework," in International Journal of Middle East Studies (November 1994).
"Demonstrating Communities in Post-Ottoman Syria," in The Journal of Interdisciplinary History XXV:I (Summer 1994).