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The University of Central Oklahoma physical campus will be closed to all but essential employees through May 31.
Alternative instructional delivery methods will be used for the rest of the spring semester, May intersession courses and summer blocks I and II. Many university services will continue to be available online. For more information, visit the university's COVID-19 website.

Assistant Professor

University of Central Oklahoma


Andrew D. Magnusson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern history in the Department of History & Geography at the University of Central Oklahoma. Before coming to UCO, he taught at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Magnusson earned a Ph.D. in Islamic history at the University of California in Santa Barbara. His dissertation, “Muslim-Zoroastrian Relations and Religious Violence in Early Islamic Discourse, 600-1100 C.E.,” examined debates about the accommodation of difference in pre-modern Iran. His work on the Islamization of sacred space in Iran appeared in a volume edited by A.C.S. Peacock, Islamisation: Comparative Perspectives from History (University of Edinburgh Press, 2017). He also is the author of a chapter on ethnic and religious minorities in the Cambridge Companion to Modern Arab Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Magnusson currently advises UCO's American Democracy Project student organization, and he won the College of Liberal Arts’ New Faculty Member of the Year Award in 2018.

Classes Taught

Introduction to Islam

The History of the Modern Middle East

Islamic History, 600-1800

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Model Arab League

World History I

World History II

Honors and Awards

New Faculty Member of the Year, UCO College of Liberal Arts, 2018

New Faculty Start-Up Grant, University of Central Oklahoma, 2016

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