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Husam Mohamad is professor of political science at the University of Central Oklahoma

Classes Taught

Courses taught at the University of Central Oklahoma, Qatar University, Zayed University and Eastern Mediterranean University  include:

Theories of Comparative Politics (U), American National Government (U), Middle East Politics (U/G), U.S. & the Middle East (U/G), Political Philosophy (U), History of Political Thought (U), Political Fundamentalism (U), Introduction to Comparative Politics (U), Islam and Politics (U/G), Elements of Political Science (U), Middle East History (U/G), International Politics (U), Israeli-Palestinian Politics (U/G), Diplomacy (U), Political Sociology (U), Political Ideologies (U), Middle East Conflicts (U/G), Politics of Development (U), Globalization (U), Scope of the Discipline (G), International Organizations (U), Public Diplomacy (G), and U.S. Foreign Policy.

Education and Certifications


- Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Cincinnati, OH, USA, 1994

- M.A. in Political Science, University of Cincinnati, OH,  USA, 1989

- B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, BirZeit University, West Bank- Palestine, 1985


Academic Appointments

- 2010-2019                    Professor, University of Central Oklahoma, OK

- 2017-2018                    Visiting Professor, (sabbatical) Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

- 2012-2015                    Visiting Professor, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

- 2006-2009                    Associate Professor, University of Central Oklahoma, OK

- 1999-2005                    Assistant Professor, University of Central Oklahoma, OK

- 1995-1999                    Assistant Professor, Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus

- 1989-1994                    Adjunct Prof., U. of Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky University

- 2001-2019                   Adjunct Prof., JSA Summer School, Georgetown, Princeton & Stanford 

Honors and Awards

- 2009               Fellow at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University, MA  

- 2007                Fulbright Scholar (Teaching and Research), Middle East

Office Hours

As stated in the Syllabus and by appointment


Areas of Teaching and Research Interest

- Comparative Politics, Theories of Comparative Politics, Political Development, Political Sociology, and Religion and Politics.

- International Politics, Diplomacy, International Organizations, International Conflicts, and U.S. Foreign Policy.

- Middle East Politics, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Islam and Politics, Arab Politics and Middle East History.

- Political Philosophy, Political Ideologies, History of Political Thought, and Marxism

- U.S. Politics, American Government and Politics

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Selected Publications: Journal Articles and Book Chapters

· “U.S. Policy and Israeli-Palestinian Relations,” Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Villanova University, (Volume 43, No. 1, Fall 2019): 26-56

· “Exploring Middle East Politics in Various Classroom Settings,” (Book Chapter). Rachel Harris, ed., Teaching the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Detroit. MI: Wayne State University Press, 2019. Pp. 216-226.

· “President George W. Bush’s Legacy on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process.” Journal of International and Area Studies, Volume 22, Number 1, (2015.): 79-92.

· “Historical Legacies of the Cyprus Dispute,” (Book Chapter) in James Ker-Lindsay, (editor), Resolving Cyprus: New Approaches to Conflict Resolution, (London: I.B. Tauris, 2015): 192-200

· “Reflections on the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War,” Lebanon: strategic and military Dimensions, Birthe Hansen and Bertel Heurlin, eds. Royal Danish Defense College and the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, (2011): 17-28.

· “Protestant Evangelicals and U.S. Policy towards Israel,” End of Days: Essays on the Apocalypse from Antiquity to Modernity, Karolyn Kinane and Michael A. Ryan, eds., McFarland Press, (2009): 199-220

· "Democracy Promotion in Arab Politics," Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol.14, No.2, (Dec. 2007): 103-118.

· “The Peace Process and the Palestinian Political Landscape,” Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol. 14, No.1, (June 2007): 85-94

· “The Bush Administration and the Two-State Solution,” Where Now for Palestine: The Demise of the Two-State Solution, edited by Jamil Hilal, N.Y: Zed Books Publishing, (2007): 99-122

· “The Jordanian Civil War, 1970s” History in Dispute: The Middle East Since 1945, edited by David W. Lesch, Columbia: Manly, (2004): 40-50

· “Al-Aqsa Intifada and the Palestinian Elites,” History in Dispute: The Middle East Since 1945, David Lesch (ed.), Columbia: Manly (2004): 19-27

· “Palestinian Politics on the Move: From Revolution to Peace and Statehood,” Nationalism & Ethnic Politics, Frank Cass Publications, England, Vol. 7, No. 3, (Fall 2001): 46-76

· “US Policy towards Islamists: A Review of Recent Debates.” Third World Quarterly, Carfax Publications, England, Vol. 21, No. 3, (June 2000): 567-578

· “The Impact of Pan-Arabism on the Politics of the PLO in Historical Context,” Journal for Peace and Justice Studies, Villanova University, Vol. 10, No. 2, (February 2000): 29-43

· "The Changing Conception of Statehood in PLO Ideology," Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture, Middle East Publications: Jerusalem, Vol. VI, No. 2 (July 1999): 8-16

· “Inter-Arab Politics and the Mainstream of the Palestinian Movement" Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies. North Carolina State University, Vol. 3, No. 3, (June 1999) 18 pp

· “PLO’s Search for a Peace Strategy,” Peace Review- A Transnational Quarterly. Carfax Publishing Corp. England, Vol. 10, No. 2, (June 1998): 173-180.

· “Long Conflict, New Rules,” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics Economics and Culture, Middle East Pub: Jerusalem. Vol. IV, No. 3/4 (April 1998): 66-71.

· “Palestinian Politics on the Defensive: From Camp David to the Uprising,” Scandinavian Journal of Development and Area Studies, Stockholm, Vol. 16 No. 3 & 4 (September & December 1997): 185-214

· “PLO Strategy: From Total Liberation to Coexistence,” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture, Jerusalem, Vol. IV, No. 2 (November, 1997): 82-90.


Selected Conference Papers and Workshop Participation

- “Diversity in Today's Political Islam,” the 37th Annual Association of Global South Studies Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina, (Forthcoming December 15-17, 2019).

- “U.S. Policy and Israeli-Palestinian Relations: From the G.W. Bush to the Trump Administration,” International Congress on Oriental Studies, Yerevan State University, Armenia, Nov. 9-10, 2018.

- “Teaching Middle East Politics” Annual Mediterranean Studies Association, St. Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy, May 31-June 2, 2018.

- “U.S. and the Middle East Peace Process,” the 76th Annual Midwestern Political Science Association Conference, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL, April 5-8, 2018.

 - “The Obama Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations” Contemporary Arab/Muslim World International Relations Conference, University of Gdansk, Poland, October 13-16, 2016.

- Invited Lecture: “Palestine: What Will Its Future Be?, Presented at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oklahoma, Norman. OK. March 8, 2016.

- “Current Changes in Israeli-Palestinian Relations,” Panel discussion entitled, “Palestine and Persia: Negotiating Boundaries in the Middle East,” presented at the South Central Society for 18th Century Studies, Feb 25, 2016.

- “The George W. Bush Administration’s Road Map Formula on the Two-State Solution for Israel and the Palestinians.” The Hofstra University’s Cultural Center Conference on the George W. Bush Presidency, NY (March 23-26, 2015)

- “Christian Evangelicals and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” presented at the 7th International Conference on Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa, Alakhaween University in Ifrane, Morocco, April 11-14, 2014.

- “Religion and US policy in the Middle East” accepted for presentation at the Asian Conference on Politics, Economics and  Law. Osaka, Japan, November 21-24, 2013.

- “Fluctuations of US Policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict during the Obama Administration,” International Studies Association’s convention, San Diego, April 1-4, 2012

- “The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Legacies and Challenges” lecture sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Center and Center, Pitt. PA, February 16, 2012.

- “US Policy Toward a ‘Palestinian statehood,” Invited lecture at the Illinois State University’s International Studies Seminar Series. September 21, 2011

- “Assessing the 2006 Israel Hezbollah War’s Legacy,” World International Studies Conference (WISC), the University of Porto, Portugal, August 17-20, 2011.

- “Islamists Challenge to Democratization in the Arab World,” Association for Israeli Studies, the Center for Israeli Studies, Brandeis University, June 12-15, 2011.

- “Anti-Democratization Forces in the Arab world,” in the Anti-Democracy Symposium, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland, November 8-9, 2010.

- “The Second Lebanon War,” Conference on Lebanon: Strategic and Military Perspectives, sponsored by the Danish Military Academy and the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 2-4, 2010.

“Protestant Evangelicals and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict” at the Middle East Technical University, Cyprus, May 18-22, 2009.

- “Fluctuations in PLO Politics in the post-1968 Period,” the Actuality and Historical Significance of 1968 for the Third World Conference, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey, December 2008.

- "Democracy Building & U.S. Policy in the Arab World," Department of International Relations Conference, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, June 2008.

- “Whether the Two-State Formula,” the First International Conference on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Pathways to Peace, Central Connecticut State University, March 2008.

- “Bush’s Policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” Conference on U.S. Foreign Policy: Theory, Mechanisms and Practice. Krakow, Poland, May, 2007.

- “Body of Evidence: The Nineteenth – Century and Photographs of India,” South Asia Institute, The University of Texas at Austin. April 2007.

- “The Peace Process and the Palestinian Political Landscape,” Midwest Political Science Association Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 2007.

- “The Road Map Formula and the End of the Two-State Solution,” One Democratic State International Conference, Geneva, Switzerland, October 2006.

- “The End of the Peace Process and the New Palestinian Leadership,” Second World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies, Amman, Jordan, June 2006.

- “Contesting the Road Map Formula in the Post-Arafat Era,” Second World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies, Amman, Jordan, June 2006.

- “Rhetoric vs. Reality in Democracy Building in the Arab World,” Chaim Herzog Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel, January 2006.

- “Reflections on Palestinian-Israeli Relations under the Al-Aqsa Intifada,” Midwest Political Science Association Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 2006.

“Further Perspectives on Gandhi and the Concept of Non-Violence,” South Asian Institute, The University of Texas at Austin. May 2005.

- Workshop participant, “Revisiting the Role of Memories and Autobiographies in the Writing of the Histories of Palestine, Syria and Lebanon” Henrich Boll Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon, Dec. 2004.

- “Transforming Palestinian Politics under the Al-Aqsa Intifada,” The Middle East and South Asia Conference, University of Utah, October 2003.

- “The Intifada and the Palestinian Movement,” Western Political Science Association, Denver, Colorado, March - 2003.

- Workshop participant, “Historiography of the Middle East in the 20th Century” Tel Aviv University & Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, May 2002.

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