UCLA experts: Middle East and Israel

UCLA has experts on the politics, history and culture in the Middle East,Israel and Palestine, Arab-Israeli relations and Islamic law. Click an expert’s name for a more detailed biography and contact information.


Modern Middle East

James Gelvin

Gelvin is a professor of history and author of “The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know.” He is an expert on the social, cultural and political history of the modern Middle East, including the Israeli-Palestine conflict.

Kevan Harris

Harris is an assistant professor of sociology and an expert on modern Iran, specifically Iranian politics, government and society. He is also an authority on economic development in the Middle East and the history of the Middle East.

Steven Spiegel

Spiegel is a professor of political science and director of UCLA’s Center for Middle East Development. He is an expert on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

Eric Bordenkircher

Bordenkircher is a researcher at the Center for Middle East Development in the UCLA International Institute. He is an expert on politics in Lebanon, and can discuss political developments related to Lebanon, the Sunni/Shia conflict in region, the Arab/Israeli conflict and U.S. policy in the region.

Aslı Bâli

Bâli is a professor of law and an expert on terrorism and international law. She is also an authority on civil liberties and human rights, and comparative law in the Middle East.

David Myers

Meyers is a professor of history and past director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies. He is an expert on the history of Zionism, Israel and Jewish-Arab relations. Meyers is the author of numerous books, including “Between Jew and Arab: The Lost Voice of Simon Rawidowicz.”

Saree Makdisi

Makdisi is a professor of English and comparative literature and he has written extensively on politics in the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is the author of “Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation.”

Leonard Binder

Binder is a distinguished professor emeritus of political science and past director of the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies. He is an internationally known specialist on Middle East politics.

Neil Netanel

Netanel is a professor of law and past director of the Israeli studies program.

Kal Raustiala

Raustiala is a professor of law and director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations. He is an expert on international law and international relations.


Middle East history

Nile Green

Green is a professor of history and an expert on the history of Islam and Muslim societies, as well as Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Rahim Shayegan

Shayegan is an associate professor and director of Iranian studies in the department of Near Eastern languages and cultures. Shayegan is an expert on Iranian history and his scholarship has covered the languages, literary traditions, and history of Iran and Mesopotamia from antiquity to the early medieval period.


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