Department of History
Additional Positions at AU
- Chair, Faculty Senate Committee on Student Learning
After growing up in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, Ira took his three degrees at Columbia University, enjoying Manhattan while writing many key articles in the Columbia Encyclopedia, and a light history of early modern Europe, and teaching at Queens College. He has spent three years in England and one in India doing research. In London, he was active in the Labour Party and was a founding member of the Campaign against Racial Discrimination. His three daughters write poetry and prose. Long at American University, among his most pleasing memories are that his articles on development, environment and health convinced Bangladesh to change its flood levy policies, and have served as a voice of the dispossessed, and that a lead newspaper article on the Iranian revolution of 1979 stirred the political establishment. He is happy also that he developed the Honors Program at AU and a community service-learning program and dorm floor.
PhD, MA, BS, History, Columbia University
- Languages Spoken
- French, Spanish, faded German and Hindi
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