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Elizabeth F. Thompson Professor and Mohamed S. Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace, SIS School of International Service

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(202) 885-1632 (Office)
SIS - School of International Service
SIS - 200C
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Additional Positions at AU
Mohamed S. Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace
Professor of History
Co-Chair, Islamic & Middle East Studies
PhD, Columbia University in History; MIA, Columbia University, in International Affairs; BA, Harvard University in History & Literature

Languages Spoken
Arabic, French, some Turkish, Spanish, Italian
Favorite Spot on Campus
My Office
Book Currently Reading
Juan Cole, Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires
Elizabeth F. Thompson is a historian of political movements, constitutionalism, gender, and foreign intervention in the Middle East. She is author of two books: Justice Interrupted: The Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East (Harvard, 2013) and Colonial Citizens: Republican Rights, Paternal Privilege, and Gender in French Syria and Lebanon (Columbia, 2000). Her third book, How the West Stole Arab Democracy, will appear in April 2020 from Grove-Atlantic Press. It concerns the establishment of a democratic Arab government at Damascus in 1920 and the consequences of its destruction-- as authorized by the League of Nations-- for the future of human rights, international law, and democracy in the Middle East.
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